Just east of the West Side Cottonwood Mall shopping district, across the Rio Grande, is an amazing jumping off point for the miles of trails & bike paths along the river and beyond. You can go from the stop-and-go streetlight congestion around the
Mall area, to the serene Rio Grande Bosque trails within seconds after crossing over the Alameda Bridge.
Bachechi & Alameda Rio Grande Open Spaces
Above is the expanded wetlands in the Bachechi Open Space. This pond
is surrounded by protective dense vegetation; you are able to view the wildlife from the east side boardwalks, or from a Viewing Hutch. The property
wasn’t always so pristine. The City of Albuquerque had to remove contaminated soil from underground storage tanks that contained naphthalene (Coal
Tar), which leaked on the property. What you see here is the fantastic result of the cleanup.