The scene shown above looks like the middle of nowhere, but the photo was taken within the Albuquerque urban area. For "Burqueños" the Rio Grande and its bosque ("bos-keh," riparian woodlands) are a blessing of city life. The developed trails and lack of grades mean that "hikes" along the river are easy strolls. The bosque is heavily used so expect to see other strollers (with or without dogs), horseback riders, and bicyclists. But this ain't Central Park; you'll also find unofficial paths and extended moments of solitude. As the two photos that follow suggest, the bosque is accessible year-round, including when winter has made the area's rural roads a dicey proposition.
No point in describing specific hikes: there are multiple parking and access points up and down the river, on both banks, and a series of connected trails, so it's easy to craft a dozen different adventures. You can find multiple online guides and maps by Googling "Rio Grande bosque hikes." Whether you're a visitor or a native of Albuquerque, be sure to treat yourself to rambles along the river. Also, be sure to take binoculars and a camera, as you're likely to encounter a variety of birds and other wildlife. One favorite winter bosque activity is looking for snoozing porcupines in the branches of cottonwoods.