Paseo del Bosque Trail in Albuquerque, NM
PHOTO CREDIT: Brian McCord
Green space may be disappearing in many cities‚ but not in Albuquerque. The city’s popular 16-mile-long Paseo del Bosque Trail continues to thrive under the watchful eye of the Open Space Division of Albuquerque’s Parks and Recreation department.
“Albuquerque has had the foresight to keep that green ribbon of life intact‚ to cherish it and to dedicate resources to it‚” says Jay Lee Evans‚ deputy director for Albuquerque Parks and Recreation. “The trail gets a lot of attention and maintenance because it has a lot of histor ical and cultural resonance with citi zens. It’s a sublime‚ natural setting within rock-throwing distance of the water.”
The Paseo del Bosque Trail‚ which runs along the Rio Grande River‚ par allels the Rio Grande’s cottonwood bosque‚ or forest. Walkers‚ joggers‚ skaters and equestrians frequent the trail and a number of side trails that connect to it. Beavers‚ coyotes‚ road runners and migrating ducks and geese can often be spotted along the trail.
“The Paseo del Bosque provides a recreational resource in the heart of Albuquerque‚” Evans says. “With very little effort‚ you can go from a man-made‚ urban setting to an almost pristine environment.”
The trail is enjoyable for people of all ability levels because it’s paved in asphalt and has few ups and downs. It is even ADA-accessible for people with disabilities.
In October 2006‚ Sunset Magazine ranked the Paseo del Bosque Trail No. 1 for best bike rides in the West.
“It’s a wonderful place to quietly concentrate on nature‚” Evans says.
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