WHY IT’S OUTSTANDING
The Open Space Division and a host of local and national organizations dedicated the Aldo Leopold Forest and Forest Trail in February of 2009. Leopold is largely considered the Father of Wildlife Conservation and was at one time a resident of Albuquerque. The 1/2-mile trail winds through shady cottonwood groves and a site that was burned in 2003 that is currently being replanted and restored. Bald Eagles frequent the area during the winter.
HOW TO GET THERE
Take I-25 to the Montgomery/Montaño exit (Exit 228). Go west on Montaño and continue over the river. Park on the west side of the bridge at the Pueblo Montaño Picnic Area. Walk or bike over the bridge and head south onto the Paseo del Bosque paved trail. Look for the trail sign immediately on your right. Alternately, park at the Rio Grande Nature Center and take the paved Aldo Leopold Trail north until the pavement ends.