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Elena Gallegos Picnic Area, Albert G. Simms Park

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  • North on Tramway from I-40 to Simms
    Albuquerque, NM 87122
  • Type: Bike, Hike & Outdoor Areas
  • Phone: (505) 452-5200
  • Fax: (505) 873-6628
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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

U.S. Forest Service Wildlife Biologist Daryl Ratajczak teaches about bear and cougar behavior and what to do to stay safe while traveling through their habitats.

A presentation and demonstration by the East Mountain K9 Search Team.

A blend of Classical, Jazz, and World Music that is sure to get you moving. Saturday Sunset Series programs take place at the Elena Gallegos Double Shelter Amphitheater- events begin at 7 pm. Talks ...

An Evening performance in the Barbershop Style with ABQ and Southwest Edition. These two accomplished quartets will entertain you with solid four part a cappella harmony that’s entertaining, li...

To celebrate the Summer Solstice, Regina Ress tells a beautiful story from Australia and other tales and from around the world expressing the joy and the profound mystery of living on planet Earth. We...