Few urban open spaces are as spectacular as Elena Gallegos Picnic Area. First of all, just take in that view! At an elevation of about 6,500 feet, visitors can view Mt. Taylor to the west, the Jemez Mountains to the north and the vast Tijeras Arroyo to the south. You literally have front and center seating for some of the most dramatic landscapes surrounding Albuquerque.
You are centrally located among a choice of hiking trails that will allow you to explore all that you see. Elena Gallegos Picnic Area is your grand entrance to some of Albuquerque’s most inviting vistas.
The Elena Gallegos Open Space is ruggedly beautiful, accessible, and offers stunning views of Albuquerque.
Although this is not a true day trip away from Albuquerque (it is within the city limits), it does feel like a day away, and deserves to be explored. A quick right turn from Tramway North brings you to the Elena Gallegos Picnic Area. There is a $1 parking fee per car during the week, $2 on the weekends.
Honestly, I’ve never had a picnic at the Elena Gallegos Picnic Area (duh) as I have always come with the intent to explore, hike and photograph. I usually like to make a trip near sunset to view the colors of the golden hour. What happens here at sunset is amazing. Color paints the landscape in warm tones and hues that are unforgettable. This is one of the best places to witness a sunset in Albuquerque!
Monsoon Season Flash Flood Caution
During Albuquerque’s monsoon season that lasts from July to September, please be mindful of flash flood warnings when visiting the open spaces in and around Elena Gallegos picnic area. Afternoon storms can create dangerous flash floods in the arroyos in this area. You don’t want to hike or drive across any fast-moving streams of water. Visit the ABQ Monsoon Awareness web page for more information.