Trail Length

16 miles

Trail Start and End Details

This multi-use trail in Albuquerque, New Mexico, follows the Rio Grande River from Alameda at the north end to south of the city. Riders typically start and end at the Alameda trailhead; however, there are multiple access points available from Rio Grande Boulevard.

Description and Tips

Paseo del Bosque Trail travels the edges of the metro area through the Rio Grande’s cottonwood bosque (forest). Riders can opt for the paved path, or choose the packed-dirt trail in the bosque and along the river bank. Either way, all 16 miles of trail are uninterrupted by roadways and a very relaxing route in and out of trees. Paseo del Bosque has access to other bike paths, as well as roads with bike lanes, and the Trail is a great way to get into Old Town or to pick up some of the east-west Arroyo trails. You’ll spot public art along Tingley Beach, Central Avenue, and other locations, pass through Rio Grande Valley State Park, and enjoy great opportunities to explore Rio Grande Nature Center, Albuquerque BioPark, and the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Somewhat off-trail at Montano and Rio Grande is Flying Star Café. During the summer months, try a Ride in Coffee near the I-25 underpass (Old Town ABQ is nearby). Easy access to the BioPark is found just north of the Central Avenue underpass – this is a great place to stop for snack. Note that the only formal restroom facilities currently available on the trail are located at the Alameda access on the southeast side of the Alameda bridge.

Submitted By

David Olson, David Stacy