Situated on the central Rio Grande flyway, Rio Grande Nature Center State Park has excellent bird watching opportunities throughout the year, so it is one of the best places for people who love birds. There are about 250 species of birds which can be observed in the area, such as wood ducks and roadrunners.
Along the river are a trail system, indoor and outdoor wildlife viewing areas, and demonstration gardens to this valuable public resource. There are two miles of nature trails featured on the riverside forest, which winds through the tall cottonwoods and past willow thickets.
There are also open sand flats alongside the Rio Grande. The changing landscape is something to behold. Visitors will also observe Sandhill cranes at the river, as well as porcupines in the trees so now and then you will get pleasant surprises from these creatures.
It is also normal for lizards to skitter across the trails during summertime and for hummingbirds to investigate flowering plants on sunny days. The Friends of the Rio Grande Nature Center, a non-profit organization supports the state park and has a mission of protecting and preserving the Rio Grande Bosque.
This organization aims to educate the public about the Rio Grande ecosystems and foster positive human interactions with these systems. More than 10,000 schoolchildren have been educated by the organization and have served a total of more than 100,000 visitors with guided walks and other educational activities.
Finding a place where dogs are allowed can be quite tricky for dog owners, but at the Rio Grande, pets are allowed. Dogs can go on the trails with their pet parents as long as they are on a chain and under close supervision. Families can bond with their four-legged best friends and spend a great day together on the premises, close to nature and away from the demands of city life.