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Location and Hours

Address: 4812 Isleta Blvd. SW, Albuquerque, NM, 87105 (South Valley). To see details about an open space, click anywhere on the green shaded area on the map above. To see the open space on Google maps and get directions to it, click on the blue location pin.

Hours of Operation: The trail is open from dawn to dusk throughout the year.

Contact: Bernalillo County Open Space Staff at (505) 314-0400 or openspace@bernco.gov.

About the Property

The land that now comprises the Durand Open Space was owned by the Durand family for approximately 100 years and was farmed in alfalfa and used as permanent pasture. In the mid-1950’s, the property was put into use as a land strip for single- and twin-engine airplanes.

Known by residents and pilots as the “P-Patch”, the landing strip and an adjoining hanger were used to conduct aircraft repair and restoration. The landing strip was closed in the 1970s when large transmission power lines were installed north of the property. Following the closure, the property reverted to agriculture. In 1999, the Durand family sold the 10-acre property to Bernalillo County as open space to preserve the property from development.

Planning and Management

In 2002, Bernalillo County adopted the Community Planning Report and Recommendations for the Pajarito and Durand and Pajarito Open Spaces. This planning document supported public access for equestrians, pedestrians and bicyclists, both to the bosque and to trails on the property. Continued agricultural production and providing habitat for migratory birds were also emphasized.

From the time it became county open space, contract farmers have assisted the county by growing a variety of crops including alfalfa, millet, triticale, oats, wheat, sorghum and teff grass. These crops attract numerous bird species including songbirds, predatory birds, cranes, geese and even pheasants. Additionally, many native trees and shrubs enhance the property, including serviceberry, plum and cottonwoods.

In 2011, the Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority (AMAFCA) completed construction of the Los Padillas Spillway that hugs the north boundary of the Durand Open Space. This drainage structure helps direct drainage flows from throughout the South Valley to the Rio Grande while also providing a crossing from the parking area to the bosque.

Current Projects

Currently, visitors can enjoy a 0.6-mile perimeter walking trail around the scenic fields complete with picnic tables and benches. Bernalillo County is also in the process of extending this trail around the southernmost field. It will be designated ADA compliant.

Bernalillo County Open Space completed a site plan for the north section of the property in 2012 that was implemented in 2013 and 2014. Today, visitors can enjoy an improved parking area.

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    Time:
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  • A dynamic discussion with the Environmental Education of New Mexico fellows as they explore a variety of ways to understand the connections between land, people and culture, as well as how these ideas interact with climate change, environmental and social justice movements in our communities both locally and nationwide. Learn how these committed educators are working to provide the pathway to equitable, daily access to the outdoors and environmental learning for every preK through 12th grade student.
    Time:
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  • Pre-registration is required to obtain the Zoom login credentials.To register, please email Marnie at bospace@bernco.gov. Meet with Rachel Carson, who will be played by Ann Beyke. Rachel (1907-1964) was a marine biologist when few women dared to even tread water. Her early childhood was spent exploring nature in western Pennsylvania. She wrote the book Silent Spring in 1962, which revealed the damaging use of the chemical compound DDT. It was banned in the United States in 1972. Ann Beyke has performed in local film, theater, television, radio plays and as a voice-over artist for over 25 years.
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