3 Places – ABQ Open Spaces

3 Places – ABQ Open Spaces Hike
In Albuquerque Region

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map Hike Key: H10648
Last Updated: 03/19/2021 12:00am
Last Updated By: Marilyn Fixer
Hike Class: B (Moderate)
Hike Distance: 7.3 mi
Minimum Elevation: 5000 ft
Elevation Change: 450 ft
Total Uphill: 450 ft
Total Downhill: 450 ft
Avg. Grade: 5 %
Route Type: Multiple Hikes
On Trail: Yes
Paved or Gravel Roads: Yes
GPS Advised: No
Drive Distance Round Trip: 45 mi
Drive Time One-Way: 0:15
Hiking Seasons: Spring, Fall, and Winter
New Mexico Game Unit: 9
Hike Status: Waiting Editor


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.


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

Text Author: Cathy Intemann
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Maintainer: Cathy Intemann
Editor: Marilyn Warrant