You've seen the West Cliffs as you head west on I-40 across the Rio Grande: the houses atop it sit seemingly on the edge, precipitously inclined toward the river. The cliffs stretch along the river northward from the highway for a few miles, meandering alongside but above the river, until the floodplain widens at a bend in the rio at the La Luz del Oeste community, just before the Montaño Bridge. It's an area of the city that can be seen from across the river, yet I knew little about it. There are interesting things to explore there...

One surprising place is the West Bluff Overlook, a two acre park that brings you to the edge of the cliffs, with the river below & the stunning MetroABQ Skyline as the backdrop, above. On the overlook, there are numerous padlocks on the chainlink fencing. It was explained that marriages regularly take place there, overlooking the Rio Grande Valley, under the shady pergola; the locks are used during a love-lock unity ceremony. Directly below are scenes seen from the park. 

The MetroABQ Newsletter & more West Cliffs here...