Paseo del Bosque is a trail that's not to be missed when one is in Albuquerque! Stretching 16 miles from the north to the south of the metro area, this pawpular, multi-use path travels along the Rio Grande and takes visitors through a riverside cottonwood forest. Arguably one of the most woofderful urban trails in the country, it does not intersect any roadways, so you and Fido will rarely see any cars. When you do, they will be on the occasional bridges that pass over the trail.
Winding through the Rio Grande Valley State Park, the Paseo del Bosque Trail has seven access points, and all but one have parking. Only one offers formal restroom facilities, though, and that's the northernmost access point on Alameda Boulevard. If you and your pooch start here, you will come across the constructed Alameda Wetland, as well as the ducks, geese, and other wildlife that call it home.
The trail leads to several points of interest, including the National Hispanic Cultural Center and the Rio Grande Nature Center. While you'll have to visit the former on a day when your furry pal isn't tagging along, the latter welcomes leashed doggos in designated areas. Or, if you enjoy viewing art, check out the public installations along Tingley Beach and Central Avenue. Tingley Beach, which consists of three fishing ponds, is a dog-friendly spot where you and Fido can tuck into a packed lunch and observe the waterfowl that live in the area.
Wherever you go on the trail, always keep your best friend on a leash and clean up after them. Don't forget to bring water, too, so you both can stay hydrated. Practice good trail petiquette and be prepared to share the path with a variety of users, especially during peak times. For a barking good time in Albuquerque, you can't go wrong with the Paseo del Bosque Trail!
There is plenty of wildlife along the trail, so leash up to prevent Fido from chasing after other critters.