Rio Rancho Bosque

Rio Rancho Bosque Hike
In Rio Rancho Region

Map File Source: DeLorme

map Hike Key: H10067
Last Updated: 12/15/2020
Last Updated By: Marilyn Warrant
Hike Class: B (Moderate)
Hike Distance: 5 mi
Minimum Elevation: 5040 ft
Elevation Change: 45 ft
Total Uphill: 300 ft
Total Downhill: 300 ft
Avg. Grade: 1 %
Route Type: InOut
On Trail: Yes
Paved or Gravel Roads: Yes
GPS Advised: No
Drive Distance Round Trip: 30 mi
Drive Time One-Way: 0:45
Hiking Seasons: Spring, Fall, and Winter
New Mexico Game Unit: 9
Hike Status: Published


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.


CORRALES ROAD: N35 16.515, W106 37.049
RIVERSIDE: N35 17.248, W106 36.263
TO PARKING: N35 17.167, W106 36.050
PARK: N35 17.068, W106 35.901
DOWN: N35 17.392, W106 35.523
OUT: N35 17.532, W106 35.184
LOOP: N35 18.039, W106 34.789

Map Filename: RioRanchoBosque_Dnew.jpg
Hike GPS File Name: RioRanchoBosqueWayTrack_DBDB.gpx
Hike GPS File: Click link to download hike waytrack file

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

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