Rio Grande Nature Center

on our way to explore the Rio Grande Nature Center

My husband and I decided to go on a morning hike with some friends to geo-cache.  My favorite place to hike in the city is the bosque.  I love that it is flat, windy, and shady.  It is perfect for introducing hiking to little ones, not to mention it is close to home.

view from the observatory

We ended up at the Rio Grande Nature Center.  It is smack dab in the middle of the city-off of Rio Grande Blvd. and Candelaria.    Parking is $3 and then you get to explore at your own pace.  Our exploration of the Rio Grande Nature Center took us to see native plants and a protected wild-life sanctuary – where we saw ducks, turtles and hummingbirds.  We also visited the observation deck inside the building (open daily @ 10 a.m.) where you can listen to the ducks quacking outside in the sanctuary.  It’s quiet, calming and tranquil.  After you are finished exploring you can take a short walk across a ditch to the bosque trail and continue your walk along the river.

entering the observatory

Happy Hiking!

S

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