Hidden Gem: NM Veterans’ Memorial Park

Outdoor spaces have been a savior during quarantine and lucky for us, Albuquerque is full of beautiful spots to get a little escape from the monotony of quarantine and soak up some sunshine.

Situated in the middle of a constantly evolving district known for its challenges and ongoing progress, the New Mexico Veterans’ Memorial Park is one of the most overlooked outdoor spaces in Albuquerque.

The memorial boasts a museum, conference center and amphitheater which all sit on 25 acres of beautifully landscaped park dotted with dozens of public art installations that pay tribute to those who have served our country.

The layout and design of the park is intended to commemorate and highlight veterans’ shared experiences: from the moment of decision to become a service member to the return home. If you’re interested in following the intended route through the park which highlights the soldier’s experience, a map key is available here.

Throughout the park you’ll come across 17 monuments which pay respect to veterans past, present and future who have served our country here and abroad, including a monument to Buffalo Soldiers, Navajo Code Talkers and Paratroopers.

There are plenty of spread out shady and grassy areas throughout the park and the gardens, sculptures and excellent views of the Sandia Mountains make it a great picnicking spot. The New Mexico Veterans’ Memorial is open to the public, free of charge, from 6am to 10pm year-round. The visitor center and museum are both currently closed.

The Veterans’ Memorial Park is located at 1100 Louisiana Blvd. SE. Learn more about the memorial park here.

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