Albuquerque Senior Centers' Hiking Groups (ASCHG)

Rio Rancho Bosque Hike
In Rio Rancho Region

Hike Id H10067
Last Update 2018-05-22 22:02:49.0
Hike Class B
Hike Miles 5.0
Minimum Elevation 5040
Elevation Gain 45
Total Uphill 300
Total Downhill 300
Avg Grade 1 %
Route Type InOut
Drive Miles Round Trip 30
Drive Time Oneway 0:40
Hiking Seasons Sprg, Fall, Wntr
Hike Rating (3.5 by 2 hikers)
New Mexico Game Unit 9
All On Trail Yes
All Paved/Gravel Roads Yes

Highlights Bluff views of the river, wander among the cottonwoods. In the fall there is great color. Sandhill cranes and ducks may be seen on the river.

Trailhead Directions In Albuquerque go to the west side and take Coors north. Continue on Coors bypass which becomes Rio Rancho Blvd. Go past Intel and the intersection of CORRALES ROAD to the traffic light for RIVERSIDE. Turn east and pass the park on your right. At the end of the park after crossing a culvert there is an unmarked dirt road on the right TO PARKING. Take this road which goes downhill to a parking area and Bosque access. Go to the north end of the lot and PARK (0.0 mi).

Actual Hike Pass around the gate at the north end of parking and take the trail along the edge of the bluff. There is a good view of the Rio Grande to the north. In early winter there may be many Sandhill Cranes on the river and along its banks. It is possible to go DOWN (0.5 mi) into the Bosque and walk in the Bosque among the cottonwoods. After about 0.4 miles the trail gets pinched down. Go up OUT (0.9 mi) of the Bosque onto the trail above. Continue northward, staying near the cliff edge. The trail drops down to meet a wide LOOP (1.7 mi) pathway, the Rio Rancho Bosque Preserve path. This is a well maintained loop of about 1.7 miles. After completing the loop return back southward to parking.

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CORRALES ROAD: N 35 16.515, W 106 37.049
RIVERSIDE: N 35 17.248, W 106 36.263
TO PARKING: N 35 17.167, W 106 36.050
PARK: N 35 17.068, W 106 35.901
DOWN: N 35 17.392, W 106 35.523
OUT: N 35 17.532, W 106 35.184
LOOP: N 35 18.039, W 106 34.789

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Text Author Dick Brown
Map Author Marilyn Warrant
Waypoints Author Dick Brown
Track Author Dick Brown
Maintainer Dawn McIntyre