WHY IT’S OUTSTANDING
Discover the Open Space Visitor Center, tucked away on 55 acres overlooking wildlife crop fields, the Rio Grande Bosque and the Sandia Mountains. The views to the east are a treat not to be missed. During the winter months, the fields attract hundreds of Sandhill Cranes that graze on seeds, roots, bugs, snails and small animals. The Visitor Center is located on the site of a renovated home. The award winning architectural design of the Visitor Center is reason enough to visit.
HOW TO GET THERE
Take I-25 to the Montgomery/MontaÃ±o exit (Exit 228). Go west on MontaÃ±o then take Coors Blvd north. The Visitor Center is located at 6500 Coors Blvd. NW between MontaÃ±o Rd. and Paseo del Norte at the end of Bosque Meadows Rd. Hours are Tuesday – Sunday 9:00AM -5:00PM.
After exploring the Bosque Room at the Open Space Visitor Center, immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, smells and sensations of the bosque. “Bosque” is the Spanish word for “forest”, but locally refers specifically to the riverside forest. The multi-use primitive trail winds through young emerging forest and old growth cottonwood canopy. Damaged in 2002 by an accidental fire, this area demonstrates the City’s commitment to restoration and the bosque’s extraordinary vitality.
Finding the Trails
From the OSVC parking lot, go through the gate on the west side of teh parking lot and follow the signs to reach the bosque. Trail maps are available at the Visitor Center front desk. Trail access is limited to facility hours, Tuesday – Sunday 9:00AM -5:00PM.