While not a rails to trails project this has got to be one of the most wonderful urban trails in America. Originally set aside as part of open land initiative it is certainly one of the best features of living in Albuquerque. The ride goes along the Rio Grande for approx.16 miles. Passes by the Rio Grande Conservation Center the Albuquerque Bio Park and the Zoo. The only cars you will see are on the occasional bridges that pass over the trail. The trail is pretty much flat the whole way except when passing under those pesky bridges.
Parking and Trail Access
Access is available at numerous locations including at each of the above mentioned bridges.For more information please visit http://www.cabq.gov/openspace/riograndevalley.html.
My husband and I rode this trail today. We rode about 7 miles north from the Aquarium and Botanical Garden parking area, a great parking area. I was a little disappointed that we didn't have more a view of the Rio Grande but there was the water canal, ...
Rode the trail end of July, 2012. It was hot and lots of sunshine. This trail is great. We parked at the Aquarium complex and had lunch at the cafe there. It was very good. If you decide to make the loop which I think is called the Chavez loop or whatever, ...
Excellent Trail to Clear the Senses!
The trail from Alameda Blvd to Central was repaved last year! No more cracks! It makes rollerblading and cycling so much more enjoyable! Great place to bird watch as well!