How to get there...Finding my way to the west side of the river was much easier than expected--I walked. On the east side of the Rio Grande, there is parking
at the end of Gabaldon Place, in the north-of-Old Town Duranes neighborhood. From there, numerous easy walking/bike paths connect to the Rio Grande Valley State Park;
you can walk up or down the river on the east side, or use the red-steel pedestrian bridge that runs alongside Interstate 40, to cross the river, above.
The Huning Highlands neighborhood has a lot of depth to it. I was surprised that one of the tour properties was located discreetly next to & then behind The Artichoke Cafe: the 100+ year old home/gallery opened up at the back to an expansive courtyard that lead to numerous private residences. There was an established chicken coop there, above, along with shaded sitting areas & pathways that zigged throughout the large courtyards, seen below. I'd passed by the area for 30 years & had no idea of that great space just beyond the fence. Read More
MetroABQ Newsletter -- August Read More
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... Read More
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