Bosque Trail Through Hike – BioPark to Los Poblanos – Multiple

I’m updating this post to  include other through hikes on the Bosque Trail from the BioPark to Los Poblanos.

We walk almost daily in the Bosque, the cottonwood forest along the banks of the Rio Grande, the Bosque Trail. We typically walk 3-5 miles, out-and-back, starting from 3 locations: Rio Grand Park near Tingley Beach, the BioPark, and a parking lot under I-40, by way of Floral street. Through hikes (point-to-point) are more satisfying, especially when we finish the hike with breakfast at a really nice restaurant.

The Drive In

For these hikes we start at the parking lot just off of Central Avenue, between the BioPark and the Bosque. We start by taking one of our vehicles to Los Poblanos, then in the other vehicle return to the parking lot at the Bosque Trail trailhead between the BioPark and the Rio Grande.

The Hike

BioPark to Los Poblanos Bosque Trail.2023-03-14. This track is typical of each of our through hikes.



Notes about the Google Earth screenshot: the graph at the bottom shows elevation of the track (pink area) and speed (the blue line).

Our customary routine is to be “on the go” when the local coffee shop, Java Joes, opens at 0630. We get our drinks (chai latte for Pat, hot chocolate for me) and either walk through the Huning Castle (or Country Club) neighborhood to the Bosque, or drive to the trailhead of choice for that day. This morning, after the change to Savings Time, it was dark and a bit cold, but we were at the BioPark and on the trail by 0715.

The Bosque Trail is well used, 2-person wide and for much of its distance packed clay – very easy walking. (For the distance, as an alternative, the wide levee along the main acequia is available when it is muddy in the Bosque proper). At times the trail goes along the shoreline of the Rio Grande, throughout passing through a forest of mostly cottonwood trees. In some places the trees are quite old, in other places more recent growth. Along the way we usually see porcupines high in the trees, signs of beaver activity (trails where they have dragged branches to the water), ducks and Canada geese,  occasionally a coyote, and most mornings hot air balloons.

This morning, about a mile into the hike, we were greeted with a pair of the balloons among the 10 or 12 aloft. That was quite a sight – the colorful envelope in the bright early morning sun and -blue- New Mexico sky as a backdrop. The walk/hike went smoothly and making good time, enough to make our reservation at Los Poblanos.


First – to make a through hike of nearly six miles (’tis time to get in shape for hiking in the coming months). And second – a very good breakfast at one of the nicest restaurants in Albuquerque, Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm.


Total Distance:   5.92 miles
Elevation: start  4,964 ft, maximum  4,986 ft,  minimum  4,956 ft
Gross gain:  30 ft.  Aggregate ascending  203 ft, descending  188 ft
Maximum slope: 13% ascending, 13% descending, 0.7% average
Duration: 2:26

Total Distance:   5.83 miles
Elevation: start  4,961 ft, maximum  4,985 ft,  minimum  4,956 ft
Gross gain:  29 ft.  Aggregate ascending  271 ft, descending  254 ft
Maximum slope: 11% ascending, 11% descending, 0.8% average
Duration: 2:48

GPS Track Files for Download




If you haven’t explored these hiking tracks with Google Earth, I urge you to try it. With the virtual 3-dimensional presentation, achieved by panning and tilting the view, you can get a much better idea of the hikes and terrain than you can get from the screenshot above. For some ideas, check out  Using Google Earth Track Files.

Related Posts

Bosque Trail Hikes

References and Resources

CABQ Parks & Recreation: Paseo de Bosque Trail
AllTrails: Paseo del Bosque Trail
Los Poblanos: Historic Inn and Organic Farm

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2 Responses to Bosque Trail Through Hike – BioPark to Los Poblanos – Multiple

  1. Vincent Humann says:

    I miss our hikes and exploring day trips in New Mexico. I got so used to being able to do that 12 months out of the year. I am in Michigan now and when I got up this morning the temperature was 21 (feels like 13) and our yard still has 6-10 inches of snow cover. It looks like you and Pat are having a great time exploring.

    • George Young says:

      Good afternoon, Vince. I can imagine that you miss New Mexico’s “enchantment”. Nothing like what you’ve experienced this winter, at times we have been limited by weather in our ability to get out of town. We pushed it a bit to get out to Valles Caldera last week, but it was worth it – to see the Valle filled with snow and to hike on a trail new to us. I hope you all are doing well, and you can get out and about soon.

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