2901 Candelaria NW
Albuquerque, NM 87107

Front Desk: (505) 344-7240
Office: (505) 343-1373
Fax: (505) 344-4505

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New Mexico State Parks closed through April 9, 2020

As directed by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham in response to COVID-19, the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) is closing all New Mexico State Parks effective Monday, March 16.

Scheduled events during this time have also been canceled in the interest of public safety. The closures will expire April 9 unless extended. A law enforcement presence will remain in the park to ensure the protection of natural resources.

Visitors with overnight camping reservations will be issued a full refund. To stay up to date on additional announcements, visit the State Parks website.

In addition to canceling all large public events and avoiding large public gatherings whenever possible, New Mexico health officials continue to urge New Mexicans to:

  • Avoid all non-essential travel to affected out-of-state areas; and exercise extreme caution with all out-of-state travel.
  • Remain home ("self-isolate") if you are sick and call the Department of Health at 1-855-600-3453 if you are exhibiting any of the symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Those symptoms include fever, cough or trouble breathing.

And continue taking precautionary steps to protect your individual health, such as:
  • Washing your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Clean "high-touch" surfaces daily with regular household cleaners.
  • Avoid sharing personal household items.

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Friends of the Rio Grande Nature Center is a non-profit 50l(c)3 organization that supports the Nature Center's mission to preserve and protect the Rio Grande bosque, to educate the public about Rio Grande ecosystems, and to foster positive human interactions with those systems. The Friends fund classes for over 12,000 schoolchildren each year, manage the Nature Shop, and support a number of ecological research projects. Led by a force of 170 trained naturalists, the Friends serve a total of 130,000 Nature Center visitors with classes, guided walks, and other educational activities.

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Monday - Sunday
Gates open from  8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Visitor Center open from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Nature Shop Hours
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Mon - Fri
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sat - Sun

Open every day except
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day
New Year's Day



$3 per vehicle
$15 per bus
Except for assistance canines, dogs are not permitted in the park.
However, dog owners who wish to park in our lot and pay the day-use fee in order
to walk their dogs on the Paseo del Bosque bike path may do so by proceeding through
the parking lot to the fenced path that extends west from Candelaria Road.

The RGNCSP is one of 35 parks in the
New Mexico State Park system.
To view the State Parks' web site,
click here.

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The Friends of the Rio Grande Nature Center
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