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COVID-19 Update

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The RGNC is open with the following temporary restrictions.  They are subject to change without notice.

  • Park is open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for New Mexico residents only, proof of residency required.
  • Parking is limited.
  • Porta-potties are available in the parking area and are sanitized throughout the day.
  • Visitor Center and Education Building are closed.
  • If you have traveled outside of NM in the past 14 days, please self-quarantine before visiting the park.
  • Walk-in and bike-in visitation are allowed.
  • The west gate to the bosque trails is open; the bike and bosque trails can be accessed from the park
  • Face coverings are required.
  • Service dogs only; no pets.
  • Groups are limited to 5 or fewer. No guided programs are available.
  • Social distancing is required; step aside as needed where our paths are less than 6 feet wide.
  • Day-use fees or display of applicable permit are required; check or exact change only please.  Day-use permits can be purchased with a credit card at https://www.reserveamerica.com/
  • State Parks annual day use and camping permits are available for sale with check or exact change only.
  • Friends memberships are available on-line or through the mail.

Details are constantly changing, but this is the information as of October 15, 2020.


Your Friends Membership Counts!

When you become a new member or when you renew each year, do you know how important that is?  Every dollar you contribute goes to support the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park.  The Friends’ Mission is to do just that – assist the Park in preserving and protecting the Bosque and to educate the public about the Parks’ value and unique environment. It’s so vital to the Park to have the Friends’ support to achieve those objectives.  We value your membership and your support of the Park and the Friends.

Even in these difficult times the Park remains a refuge for our visitors to enjoy nature.  And there are always things in the Park that need to be managed and maintained, for which the Friends are here to help.

Just this year, the Friends have provided funds for:

  • Upgrading Children’s Discovery Room with new puzzles/games/exhibits, had new cabinetry built, refurbished activity tables, and got new kid-friendly furniture
  • Groundwater cycle display in the Visitor Center
  • New photo displays in the Visitor Center
  • Extensive habitat restoration projects at the Discovery Pond
  • Upgrading the website to be more user-friendly and added the on-line membership/donation option
  • Upgrading equipment and technology at the Front Desk
  • Bird seed and hummingbird nectar throughout the Park
  • Replacement of some bird feeders
  • Continued support of gardens and restoration projects
  • Mariposaville garden improvements to be more kid-friendly and whimsical
  • Managing a restricted fund that supports education and capital improvements in the Park

And in response to the COVID-19 impacts to the Park, the Friends provided:

  • Personal Protective Equipment for staff
    • Volunteers sewed reusable masks
    • Purchased face shields, gloves, disposable masks
  • Porta potties for visitors
  • Cleaning and disinfecting supplies
  • Materials to build plexiglass barriers for visitor center and Nature Shop
  • Improved Nature Shop and classroom ventilation
  • Hand sanitizer stations & hand sanitizer
  • 10 new plexiglass displays for Discovery Room
  • Social distance reminder floor stickers and directional arrows
  • Online reporting of volunteer hours
  • Shade tent for staff at pay station
  • Traffic barriers for parking lot
  • Temporary interpretive signage

Your Nature Center depends on the Friends for support of the mission through memberships, donations, and volunteer activities. We need your continued “Friendship”! 

Thank you for being part of the Rio Grande Nature Center!