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Elena Gallegos Picnic Area, Albert G. Simms Park


The 640-acre park is a gem in the Open Space system. At an elevation of about 6,500 feet, visitors can view Mt. Taylor to the west, the Jemez Mountains to the north and the vast Tijeras Arroyo to the south.

The landscape supports a piñon-juniper habitat that includes chamisa, Apache plume, scrub oak, cane cholla cactus, blue grama grass, bear grass, and soapweed yucca. If visitors use their observation skills pack rat nests can be seen under juniper trees, coyote and bear scat can be identified along the trail, and the elusive cougar may be spotted traveling through a natural drainage.

To access the park from I-40, exit on to Tramway north. After the Academy Road traffic light turn right onto Simms Park Road and travel east to the Information Center.

  • Admission: Weekdays $1 per vehicle; Weekends $2 per vehicle
  • Days Open: Daily
  • Hours of Operation: Winter 7am-7pm; Summer 7am-9pm
  • Pet Friendly:
  • Wheelchair Accessible:
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