Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park

Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park

Things To Do

Walking and Hiking

The park’s trail system highlights the diverse habitats of the Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park, ranging from desert scrub to aquatic habitats. A guide, available at the visitor center, describes some of the major landmarks along the trail system, as well as some of the more common plant and bird species you may notice during your visit. Trails are also limited to pedestrian traffic; bicycles and horses are prohibited.

Wildlife Watching

Though you are most likely to see mammals such as coyotes and bobcats during twilight, dawn and dusk, you can almost always find their tracks in the sandy surface of the nature trail. Because some wildlife is very sensitive to their presence, dogs are not allowed on the trails.

After you explore the park, drop by the exhibit hall in the visitor center and let the person on duty know what you saw. There’s a whiteboard to record wildlife sightings, and information about what you saw might help the next person through the door see it too!

Outdoor Classroom Program

Thousands of students have visited Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park as part of the Outdoor Classroom Program, a joint effort in outdoor standards-based learning between New Mexico State Parks and the Public Education Department. Staff and volunteers help teachers and students explore the wonders of the Rio Grande bosque and the Chihuahuan Desert.