Rio Grande Nature Center State Park

2901 Candelaria NW


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 some 40,000 Nature Center visitors with classes, guided walks, and other educational activities


Kinsey Cooper

Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018

This place was great. It has a few easy trails (around half a mile loops) but they connect to several more including a bike path. It's really beautiful and includes a nice visitors center, a garden with native plants, and an education center. Dog friendly but costs $3 to enter.

Mark Johnstone

Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018

Must visit with kids. State Park in Bosque. Visitor center and education center. There are week long camps in summer for kids from 6 to 16 and regular functions year round. Parking is $3 or free with annual pass for this Park or all NM State parks. Buy pass at visitor center. Check out humming bird and pond life at visitor center.

Patricia Weiss

Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017

What a perfect mild autumn day in the beauty and peace and quiet of Nature! Clean, well-designed Nature Center with many well-marked nature and bike trails. Access to the Rio Grande, other ponds, a garden and education center, and fields of the migrating Sandhill cranes and Canada geese, and many species of ducks and other water birds. Great photos and video. Staff very friendly and helpful providing maps and suggestions of where to find the animals. Magnificent huge cottonwoods predominate the forest. Many other evergreens and other plant species. Rare small owl sleeping in tree just 6 feet above ground. Great place for avid bird watching. Horses available for riding somewhere nearby!!!

Justin Singleton

Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018

Lovely little place. Wish there was more to do. Hasn't really been updated in years. But go for the nature, not the nature Center

Donna Albert

Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018

This could have been a great experience. Through circumstances beyond their control, which is moisture, I would say we enjoyed our time spent there.