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Hiking Adventure near Albuquerque

Sunday, Oct 17 9am to 2pm
Golden Open Space Guided Tour

More and more of our Adobe Nido Bed and Breakfast guests are asking us about the good places to hike around here, and I’ve found a new one. With the future in mind, the City of Albuquerque acquired 1,200 acres out in Sandoval County near the ghost town of Golden, NM in the mid 1960s. This land was among the first Albuquerque Open Space land purchased with the intent of saving places for the preservation of nature. It’s another great Albuquerque’s Open Space secret. If you want to get off the beaten path in an area close to Albuquerque, this is it.

This is an all day hike with a naturalist to explore the beautiful landscape east of Albuquerque’s Sandia Mountains. Golden is the appropriate name for this guided tour, not only because of it’s location, but because of the colors of fall in New Mexico. The landscape includes breathtaking views of mesa’s and natural arroyos (washes), and all the fantastic fauna & flora of the area. It is a birdwatchers paradise. The area is also dotted with archeological ruin sites. Bring your camera to capture the natural colors of New Mexico.

Meet at the Open Space Visitor Center and bring hats, sunscreen, snacks, drinks and lunch. Pack a poncho if the weather seems iffy. The hike is 4 to 5 miles in length. For more info contact Naturalist Joshua Willis, 897-8856 or jrwillis@cabq.gov

6500 Coors Blvd NW
between Montaño & Paseo del Norte
at the end of Bosque Meadows Rd
Open Tuesday – Sunday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
505-897-8831  www.cabq.gov/openspace

If you would like to make this trip at another time, please visit my Google Map of Albuquerque Open Space, look for the blue marker furthest east, which will be the approximate location of the Golden Open Space, and click on the marker for directions. The pictures in this post came from The City of Albuquerque Open Space Flickr page. Go check out the rest of their Flickr Photo Albums of all the Open Space lands.

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Sarah Dolk, Adobe Nido Bed and Breakfast
Expert on Destination Albuquerque and Central New Mexico!

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