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Paseo del Bosque

Albuquerque is becoming noted for its extensive network of biking/hiking trails, and the Bosque is the king of them all.
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 16 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview :  Bicycles, balloons, & the Bosque. These are three of the unique and wonderful attractions in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The Paseo... more »

Tips:  - If you can only make it to the Bosque one time, you've got to visit during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.
- If you... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Alameda Trailhead

This is a great spot to begin your journey on "The Bosque" and it's also one of the best spots from which to view/access the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta.
Restrooms are available at this trailhead and there is a large parking lot here, although it is often at or near capacity on nice weekends, so an early start is recommended both to assure you find... More

2. I-40 bikeway

This is one of the many tributary trails that branches off of the Bosque. When the Albuquerque trail system is completed, it will be possible to access all major sections of the city via alternative transportation.

3. Albuquerque Botanical Gardens and Aquarium

If you are exploring the trail with children, this is a great spot to either start your journey or to stop and enjoy these two great, family-friendly Albuquerque attractions.
You will also find numerous parks, rest areas, and other interesting sights along the trail.

Located in the Tingley Train Depot, you will find both recreation and supplies on this stretch of the trail.
The Tingley Beach store sells fishing and hunting licenses, a full range of rods, reels, tackle and bait as well as ice, souvenirs, t-shirts, hats and other items.

For only $5, children can get in the Zoo, Aquarium, Botanic Garden and enjoy a train ride. The zoo alone is only $3 for children.
And best of all, these attractions are all located right next to the Bosque trail.

6. train depot

Whether you use the train for recreation or transportation, it is a fun ride and conveniently located to commute between the Paseo del Bosque trail and various Albuquerque family activities.

7. Loop intersection

At this point, the Chavez Loop portion of the trail begins. Whether you are riding the entire loop or going out-and-back, you will continue to go straight here, along the course of the river. If you end up doing the loop portion of the trail, you will connect back with the main trail at this point.

8. end of out-and-back portion of trail

If you are just riding the trail out-and-back, this is where you will turn around and head back north. If you are riding the entire Chavez Loop, you will head southeast at this point.
Warning - The Chavez Loop is notorious for thorns and other sharp objects on the trail. I would definitely recommend carrying a spare tire if you ride the loop... More

9. Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

Usually held in early October, the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta is an international event and a great festival around which to plan your trail trip.
It is truly an incredible, one-of-a-kind happening that is not to be missed. You can have the Running of the Bulls. I'll take the Balloon Fiesta any day.

10. Southern section of trail

This section of the trail gets much less use than the portions in downtown Albuquerque and the northern portion of the trail. If you seek solitude, peace, and quiet, this portion of the trail will suit you nicely.