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The Mariposa Basin Recreation Trail runs throughout Mariposa Basin Park and the surrounding residential communities in northern Albuquerque, providing an excellent paved path for recreation and exercise for nearby residents. The trail forms a wide loop around the park grounds, which are also home to a variety of athletic fields and playgrounds; a local middle school also lies directly north of the park and easily accessible from the trail, giving students a nice option to walk or bike to school.
Heading west from the park, the trail follows the course of one the city's many water diversion channels, passing by a number of suburban-style neighborhoods and cul-de-sacs. Spur paths help provide access to the trail from the homes that line the route, while the main trail continues along the channel until it comes to an end at San Ildefonso Drive. From the western end, trail users can proceed across the road (exercise caution as there is no marked crossing) to reach the start of the Boca Negra Trail. The eastern end of the trail also provides connections to the start of the Riverview Trail just across Golf Course Road, and the Mariposa Trail at the southern end of the park loop across Kachina Street.
Parking is available within Mariposa Basin Park, located at 4900 Kachina Street.
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