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Volunteer with Grow the Growers

Get your hands dirty and learn farming techniques in exchange for healthy local produce.
Grow the Growers volunteer flyer

BernCo Bernie Sheep Day and Rodeo Set for Aug. 5

It’s time to saddle up for the 2017 Bernie’s Sheep Day and First Impression Youth Rodeo.
Youth and father at Sheep Days

Family Fun Days Every Sunday at Bachechi Open Space

Our Family Fun Days are on Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. at Bachechi Open Space, 9521 Rio Grande NW.
spring family fun

Hubbell North is Now Home to New Mexico Dahl Sheep

The Hubbell North property in the South Valley is the new home for a small group of New Mexico Dahl Sheep, which includes a ram, two ewes and a baby lamb born recently on the property. Visitors to the Gutierrez-Hubbell House will now have the opportunity to see this newest addition to this historic property and relive a part of Bernalillo County and New Mexican history.
sheep fam

BernCo’s Gutierrez-Hubbell House Joins National Register of Historic Places

The Gutierrez-Hubbell House History and Cultural Center has been named to the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places.

                                 

 

 

              

 

 

Open Space Properties

Open Space Properties, from the Mountains to the Valley
Get outdoors and enjoy our hiking trails, scenic landscapes and serene vistas.

Cultivating Bernalillo County

Cultivating Bernalillo County
Part of Bernalillo County’s mission is to protect prime agricultural lands.

Become a Master Naturalist

Become a Master Naturalist with Bernalillo County Open Space
Our award-winning Master Naturalist Program is ideal for curious people who love the outdoors and want to support conservation measures that improve land health.

Open Space Overview

Bienvenidos from the Bernalillo County Open Space staff. Bernalillo County Parks and Recreation owns and manages 14 very unique properties (1592.7 acres) from the mountains to the valley, and have contributed to a number of other protected lands, including the first urban wildlife refuge in the Southwest - Valle del Oro.

Birthed out of a grassroots effort by numerous local groups and supported by the community at large, Open Space got its start when a 1998 referendum passed, providing 0.5 mill levy for two years and again in 2000 with a 0.25 mill levy for six years. The mission of the mill levy funds was to acquire and maintain open space for the benefit and enjoyment of Bernalillo County residents and visitors. The community showed their widespread support for Open Space once again by approving a .20 mill levy for 15 years.

Many of the properties that were purchased likely would have otherwise been developed, yet today they are the county's environmental, historical and cultural treasures. These places include historic sites such as the Gutierrez-Hubbell History and Cultural Center and Ojito de San Antonio, which features active acequias providing essential water for the community. They also include prime wildlife spots like Carlito Springs with its perennial streams and the newly developed Bachechi Open Space with an environmental education building. These are not only pretty places, but they are vital for the health of our watershed, preservation of our agricultural traditions, and the protection of wildlife.

The Open Space staff and our partners provide year-round opportunities to get out and explore these areas with workshops, guided hikes, educational field trips and volunteer opportunities. The Open Space program started in 2009, and our team strives to provide the utmost customer service by modifying our program each year based on the public's feedback and interests. I hope you will take advantage of this amazing network of properties and join our many events.

Aldo Leopold once stated, "When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect." Our community is indeed rich and full of opportunity.

Vision Statement

Bernalillo County Open Space strives to be a dynamic network of properties with important natural or cultural resources managed to benefit people, plants and wildlife by protecting and enhancing viewsheds, water resources, wildlife habitat, cultural/historic sites, and prime agricultural land; and providing resource-based recreation and environmental education.

 

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