Community Services

Location and Hours

Address: 9521 Rio Grande Blvd. NW, Albuquerque, NM, 87114. 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 property is adjacent to the Rio Grande Bosque and Rio Grande Valley State Park. Bachechi was formerly known as Sullivan’s Stables where a commercial equestrian operation was located since the mid-1970s.

Prior to equestrian activities, the property was a private farm where alfalfa and chickens were raised. The Bachechi family is part of Albuquerque’s interesting history of Italian immigration. Family patriarch, Oreste Bachechi, Carlo's father, built the Kimo Theatre in downtown Albuquerque back in the mid-1920s.

Miscellaneous debris, the former Bachechi family home, and dilapidated barns and stables have been removed from the land since the County purchased the property. The property has undergone environmental assessment and clean-up efforts to remove contaminated soil from underground storage tanks that leaked. Contaminated soil has been removed from the property and the NM Environment Department continues to monitor the site quarterly with groundwater monitoring wells. This monitoring will occur until steadily decreasing levels of naphthalene fall below the federal standard. No further site remediation or monitoring will be required.

Programs Featured at this Site

Planning and Management

Extensive public and agency participation occurred between 2007 and 2010 toward developing a master plan and detailed construction drawings for the redevelopment of the Bachechi property and the enhancement of the adjacent Alameda Open Space property. This community input and comments resulted in a balanced master plan for the two adjacent properties that promotes non-competitive recreational uses and environmental educational opportunities such as wildlife viewing, hiking, multi-use trails, improved and dedicated equestrian parking, xeric and native landscaping, an expanded pecan tree orchard, a memorial rose garden dedicated to the Bachechi Family, an expanded wetland, and an agricultural field to attract migratory water fowl with perennial crops of bluestem, sacaton, lovegrass, and ricegrass.

A former commercial nursery on the northern eight acres is being carefully redeveloped to keep desirable vegetation, such as fruit trees, some junipers, sycamores, and cottonwood trees, and remove undesirable vegetation such as Siberian Elms. Habitat enhancement for the western screech owl, woodhouse toad, dark-eyed junco, and spotted towhee will also be accomplished by thinning out the arboretum and planting vegetation conducive to these habitats.

The county’s first photovoltaic-powered building was built that accommodates the programming needs of the Open Space program, including its incipient Master Naturalist Program. Interpretive signage on the site’s historical and ecological resources have also been installed throughout the site. The Bachechi Open Space Master Plan addressed the comments, concerns, and the vision for the property that North Valley residents expressed to the County. It is an asset for the entire community and particularly, North Valley and West Side residents who live nearby.

Construction started in October 2010 and was completed a year later. The trails are now open to the public from dawn to dusk and include a number of interpretive signs that highlight the various features at the property so the public can go on self-guided tours. The Bachechi Environmental Education Building (BEEB) is a community facility intended to support environmental education and resource-based recreation on the premises. BEEB is ideal for workshops, meetings, presentations, and classes of all age levels. While the Bernalillo County Open Space has limited staff to support a wide variety of activities, any class, group, or organization that meets the Open Space objective for BEEB can use the facility free of charge. To learn more, click on the Facility Use Agreement below or contact the Bernalillo County Open Space Coordinator.

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Community Services
  • Certified Mindfulness Teacher and Master Naturalist volunteer, Marnie Rehn, will guide you on a mindfulness exploration through Bachechi Open Space. Explore with your senses, igniting your sense of wonder as you experience yourself as part of the natural environment. Class size is limited to adhere to COVID-Safe practices and public health order guidelines. Upon registration, specific details will be provided about meeting location, how to prepare, where to park, and more. Register early to ensure your spot. Registration closes on April 14 or until class is filled.
    Time:
    4/17/2021 9:00 AM - 4/17/2021 11:00 AM

  • Albuquerque’s City Nature Challenge Coordinators Laurel Ladwig and Selena Connealy will teach how to use this app to help identify local flora and fauna. Learn more about the City Nature Challenge event taking place at this time and how you can participate! Registration closes April 23.
    Time:
    4/24/2021 9:00 AM - 4/24/2021 11:00 AM

  • In this workshop, we will use the ABQ Backyard Refuge Program (ABQ BRP) workbook and learn a myriad of ways the Bachechi Open Space might better support local plants and wildlife. Meet with the ABQ BRP team who will feature Bachechi Open Space as an example to demonstrate the first step in becoming a certified habitat – and in turn, be able to certify your own garden as a backyard refuge. Registration closes May 14.
    Time:
    5/15/2021 9:00 AM - 5/15/2021 10:30 AM

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