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Albuquerque’s Open Space, Revisited

Last Fall I introduced everyone to the City of Albuquerque’s Open Space areas, as places of refection, solitude, beauty, wildlife and events. I didn’t cover all of these cool places, so I thought I needed to revisit Albuquerque Open Space once again.

Before I go off into the city and beyond its limits to the other Open Space venues, I want to say that the Albuquerque Open Space Visitor Center on the west side of town has some great events going on now and in the upcoming weeks, like:

Art Skulpture at Albuquerque Open Space Visitor Center exhibitSaturday, April 17
The 2nd Annual Open Space Recycled Art Fair

March 2 – April 28
A show and tell of art and artifacts…
“Lost (and Found) in Open Space” – trash or history or both? See an exhibit on what has been found on Open Space Land, it will delight and surprise you!
and
“Abstractions in Wood” sculptures by Katy Cannon

Do you know what a waffle garden is? You should visit the Demonstration Garden at the Open Space Visitor Center. It’s a hands on learning feature designed to teach about historical foods and methods of farming in the Rio Grande Valley. This is a volunteer effort and if you would like to get involved call 897-8831, or just ask when you are at the Visitor Center.

Waffle Garden at Albuquerque Open Space Visitor CenterThe Open Space Visitor Center is located at 6500 Coors Blvd. NW between Montaño Rd. and Paseo del Norte at the end of Bosque Meadows Rd.
The Center is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM and closed Mondays. Call 897-8831 for more information or visit www.cabq.gov/openspace/visitorcenter.

Now, on to other Albuquerque open Space Venues. I arrived in Albuquerque in March 1978 and by that Autumn I had found my first City of Albuquerque Open Space venue, the Elena Gallegos Picnic Area. This Area sits at the base of Sandia Peak in the foothills that overlook Albuquerque and the valley. We use to go up there in the evening and watch the city as sunset fall and then watch the stars. This is where I saw my first satellite. I thought my friends were pulling a fast one on me when they took me up there for the first time to look for satellites. The hours have changed since then. Effective April 1 the hours are from 7am to 9pm.

The Elena Gallegos Picnic Area is a part of the larger Sandia Foothills Open Space that includes walking/hiking trails throughout the foothills. Please see my Google Map for the locations of all the areas. Enjoy! And stay on the trails! View our Albuquerque Open Space map in a larger format.

I know the best things to do in Albuquerque!
Sarah Dolk, Adobe Nido Bed & Breakfast
Expert on Destination Albuquerque and Central New Mexico!

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