BACKGROUND

WEST MESA OPEN SPACE

The West Mesa Open Space includes over 3,600 acres of high desert landscapes including a mosaic of volcanic features, archaeological features, arroyos, and stunning vistas of the middle Rio Grande Valley. Each area on the West Mesa offers unique natural and recreational opportunities for the public to enjoy including hiking, cycling, mountain biking, horseback riding, and more.

This planning effort was funded through City Council Resolution R-21-228, which claimed:

"an accessible trail system throughout the West Mesa Open Spaces will be an amenity to visitors who desire to further experience the beauty and vistas of the West Mesa. The trail system would serve a growing local population with a cohesive and well-planned trail system to support a variety of outdoor recreation activities and will result in up to twenty-four miles of new trails on the West Mesa"

Through this resolution, Sites Southwest will be working with the City of Albuquerque's Open Space Division to develop the West Mesa Trails Plan. 

Within the West Mesa Trails Plan, multiple Albuquerque Open Space sites are included in the plan: 

key connections

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West Mesa

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Piedras Marcadas Canyon

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Boca Negra Canyon

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Volcanoes Buffer

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La Cuentista

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La Boca Negra Horseman's Complex

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George J. Maloof Memorial Air Park

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Atrisco Terrace

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Petroglyph National Monument

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Boca Negra Dam Trail

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Paseo de la Mesa Trail

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Boca Negra Arroyo (Middle Branch)

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OBJECTIVES

01

Develop a conceptual multi-use natural surface trail plan

02

Engage stakeholders including Bernalillo County, National Park Service, Westside residents, and the general public

03

Link trails to important destinations including existing landforms like the volcanoes and off-site locations

PROJECT TIMELINE

We Are Here

February-April
2022

Inventory Existing Conditions

April-July
2022

Public engagement including community meetings, focus groups, website, and survey

May-August
2022

Plan development and community update