The Rio Grande is one of the most spectacular features of New Mexico. This majestic river truly lives up to its name, boasting abundant wildlife, such as bald eagles and great blue herons. Locals and visitors alike take advantage of the opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of urban life to spend a bit of time down in the Bosque or on the river. With calm water and minimal rapids as it passes through Albuquerque, the Rio Grande is ideal for leisurely boating or enjoying a walk or picnic along its banks.
Safe Boating on the River
High water runoff during the spring – generally between March and early June – provides ideal conditions for boating on the Rio Grande. Along with common sense guidelines such as wearing life vests at all times, safe boating involves showing sensitivity to the ecosystem of the river. Bring binoculars to get a closer look rather than infringing on delicate natural habitats. Expert kayakers can enjoy solo or small group trips, while novices can take advantage of the many opportunities provided by the City of Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Department for safe and responsible boating along the Rio Grande.
Enjoying Nature along the Riverbank
The City of Albuquerque also offers numerous opportunities for enjoying the Bosque, the natural cottonwood forests along the banks of the Rio Grande, on foot. The Open Space Visitor Center offers a tour of the Bosque region on the first Sunday of every month. Spots fill up quickly for the popular “Bosque Wild” tour. Making reservations at least a month in advance is advised. The center is also open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For a unique experience, pack a picnic lunch and enjoy time relaxing in this unique riparian ecosystem.
Discover more about the Rio Grande or many of the other amazing features on offer in Albuquerque. Check out the CABQ website and make plans to spend the day on the river!
The Convention & Tourism Department
at the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce