Albuquerque Senior Centers' Hiking Groups (ASCHG)

3 Places - ABQ Open Spaces Hike
In Albuquerque Region

Hike Id H10648
Last Update 2018-12-11 16:45:26.0
Hike Class B
Hike Miles 7.3
Minimum Elevation 5000
Elevation Gain 450
Total Uphill 450
Total Downhill 450
Avg Grade 5 %
Route Type Multiple Hikes
Drive Miles Round Trip 45
Drive Time Oneway 0:20
Hiking Seasons Sprg, Fall, Wntr
Hike Rating (5.0 by 1 hikers)
All On Trail Yes
All Paved/Gravel Roads Yes

Highlights Here is a chance to visit three open spaces on the west side of Albuquerque. The Volcanoes, Los Poblanos and the Open Space may provide opportunities to see wildlife including sandhill cranes in the winter.

Trailhead Directions Part 1: For the Volcanoes Open Space, take I-40 west to the Atrisco Vista Boulevard (formerly Paseo de Volcan) exit 149 and travel north 4.8 miles to the parking area.

Part 2: The Open Space Visitor Center is located on Coors between Montano and Paseo del Norte on the east side. The address is 6500 Coors and is just north of Sagebrush Church.

Part 3: The Los Poblanos Open Space parking area is at Montano & Rio Grande NW but access is easier from 4th St then west to the site.

Actual Hike Part 1: The Volcanoes Trail is a 3.2 mile loop trail. See the Los Volcanos hike.

Part 2: This Open Space hike takes you through various portions of the Rio Grande Valley State Park. The hike is 2.2 miles including the River Loop Trail and the Canopy Loop Trail. There are opportunities to walk along the Rio Grande and to walk north along the drainage ditch. Also the center offers art, a great place for lunch and a viewing area for birds.

Part 3: There are three several options of different lengths for the Los Poblanos Open Space hike. We will be doing a 1.9 mile loop on wide natural farm roads or ditch banks.

Comments The hike is kept as a "B" hike since the additional distance has very little uphill.

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Text Author Cathy Intemann
Maintainer Cathy Intemann