Green is one of the many colors of spring. Residents and visitors of New Mexico, however, have also had to accept white snow and grey skies as spring colors, too. The blustery, rainy days are continuously followed by bright sunny days that tease people into believing winter is over. However, dressing in light layers and putting on a scarf is all that is needed for a walk around Albuquerque.
WALK Albuquerque is a new project that offers maps and guides to six different locations throughout the city. There is historic Nob Hill, which has become an increasingly popular part of town. Central Avenue is the main street in Nob Hill, but it is part of historic Route 66. Old hotels and businesses have been renovated, but the original building designs offer an impressive walk back in time. The Duranes walking area is bordered by the Rio Grande River and Old Town Albuquerque. The Bosque del Apache trail is very popular for a leisure nature walk, bicycle ride or jog. Walking in the downtown area is also a must in the springtime. Avoiding traffic makes a day around Albuquerque much more enjoyable, and the downtown area is pedestrian friendly and has so many unique shops and restaurants. (Not to mention the decrease in emissions from not using your car.)
Each guide that is provided by this project offers a map of the area and special trails and loops which contain interesting venues or sightseeing opportunities. The guides tell the histories of buildings and areas, and they also describe the walkability that should be expected. The bright colors of spring are hard to enjoy if you are zooming past them while you drive. What better a time than spring to take to the trails throughout Albuquerque and experience the city in a different way? All of the guides can be found at www.walkalbuquerque.org