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Rio Grande Nature Center State Park

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Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park

Elevation: 5,000 ft
Coordinates: 35.1299, -106.6830


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The Rio Grande Nature Center State Park is a state park of New Mexico, located on the Rio Grande in Albuquerque. A visitor center designed by architect Antoine Predock in 1982 contains exhibits on the area's riparian environment and a glass-walled library that overlooks a wildlife pond. Two trails lead into the cottonwood forest (or Bosque) from the visitor center.

Some of the species that reside in the park, temporarily or year-round, include turtles, toads, lizards, bullsnakes, dragonflies, beavers, muskrats, cottontail rabbits, pocket gophers, rock squirrel, coyotes, and numerous birds including Cooper's hawks, great horned owls, American coots, Canada geese, ring-necked pheasants, mallards, wood ducks, black-capped chickadees, great blue herons, northern flickers and woodpeckers

Facilities

  • Visitor Center

  • Nature Shop

  • Rest rooms

  • Education Building

  • Group/Picnic Shelter

Activities

  • Hiking

  • Education Programs

  • Wildlife Viewing

  • Festivals

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