Albuquerque's popular Rio Grande Trail biking trail begins next to the Nature Center at the end of Candelaria Boulevard. It can be reached by taking Interstate 25 to the Candelaria Exit and heading west. Bike route signs indicate the way to the start of the paved trail head.
From the Nature Center, cyclists cross a bridge over a clear ditch. The route travels north to another footbridge, which gives access to the east and a well-maintained single track pathway. North from here, the trail loops through the Rio Grande River flood plain. It passes marshes and thickets that serve as natural wildlife habitats along the way. The return trip can be made via the same single track or by crossing the ditch at Paseo del Norte Bridge and taking the clear ditch road south.
Most of the Rio Grande Trail is paved, flat and easy to ride. Off-trail mountain biking is possible along the route, but cyclists are advised to be careful and stay off neighboring private property. And it is best to avoid the many thorny plants here that can easily puncture tires. Note also that no bicycles are allowed on the trails at the Nature Center.