What is Open Space?

Albuquerque Major Public Open Space is land set aside within an urban setting in order to protect, maintain and manage significant natural landscapes and cultural resources, while offering opportunities for public enjoyment through outdooor education and low-impact recreation.

Managed by the City of Albuquerque Open Space Division, these lands are a diverse mix of natural and cultural features located in the East Mountains, Sandia Foothills, the Rio Grande bosque, adjacent farmland, and the West Mesa, including the volcanoes and  lava escarpment with ancient petroglyphs.

Benefits Of Open Space

  • Preserves natural landscapes
  • Protects water quality
  • Preserves plant and animal habitats
  • Provides scenic corridors
  • Preserves cultural resources
  • Offers low-impact recreational opportunities
  • Sustains local character
  • Enhances sound economic growth
  • Provide visual and noise buffers
  • Connects people with nature
  • Provides a legacy for future generations

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