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Public libraries, rec centers, parks, pools and trails throughout Northern New Mexico

Date June 17, 2009 at 10:00 PM

Author Editor

Categories Lodging & Travel


Santa Fe Recreational Centers

Genoveva Chavez Community Center
3221 Rodeo Road
(505) 955-4000
Pool, Skating Rink, Gym, Fitness Center
Monday-Thursday, 5:30 a.m. - 9:45 p.m.
Friday, 5:30 a.m. - 7:45 p.m.
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 7:45 p.m.
Sunday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.

Fort Marcy Complex and Pool
490 Washington Avenue
(505) 955-2500
Classes, Pool, Gym, Racquetball Courts
Monday-Friday, 6 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Saturday, 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Sunday, noon -5:30 p.m.

Salvador Perez Pool and Fitness Center
601 Alta Vista Street
(505) 955-2604
Monday-Friday, 6 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Bicentennial Pool
1121 Alto Street
(505) 955-4778, 955-4779

Santa Fe Public Libraries

Main Library
145 Washington Avenue
Reference: (505) 955-6781; Circulation: (505)  955-6782
Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Children’s Room closes at 8 p.m.
Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday 1-5 p.m.

La Farge Branch
1730 Llano Street
Reference: (505) 955-4862, Circulation: (505) 955-4860
Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Closed Sunday

Southside Branch
6599 Jaguar Drive
Reference: (505) 955-2810; Circulation (505) 955-2810
Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Closed Sunday

Vista Grande Public Library
14 Avenida Torreon, in Eldorado
(505) 466-7323
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday noon-6 p.m.
Wednesday, noon-8 p.m.
Closed Sunday and Monday

Hiking and Bicycling Trails Near Santa Fe

City of Santa Fe
200 Lincoln Ave
(505) 955-6977
Website has links to Dale Ball Trails Guide and Santa Fe Bikeways Map

Santa Fe City Parks

Parks/Trails/Watershed Division
1142 Siler Road
(505) 955-2106 or (505) 955-2102
Park Hours: 6 a.m.-10 p.m. daily
Website includes name, address and photo of all city parks.

Los Alamos Recreation Centers

Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center
2760 Canyon Road
(505) 662-8170
Monday-Thursday, 6 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday, 6 a.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Closed holidays

Los Alamos Public Libraries
Mesa Public Library
2400 Central Avenue
(505) 662- 8240 or (505) 662-8253
Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday,10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, noon-5 p.m.

White Rock Branch Library
133 Longview Drive
Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday,10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, noon-5 p.m.

Los Alamos City Parks
The website has information on parks and playlots (descriptions and location of all public parks and playlots in Los Alamos and White Rock); athletic facilities (descriptions and locations of ball fields, soccer fields, tennis courts and skate parks); additional Parks Division services, including North Mesa Stable Area, RV storage and Community Garden plots); and Open Space and Trails (the County Trail Network and open space).

Española Recreation Centers

Richard L. Lucero Center
313 Paseo de Onate
Swimming pool, gymnasium and weight room
Monday-Thursday, 6 a.m.- 9 p.m.
Friday, 6 p.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Closed Sunday

Penny Garcia Aquatic Center
117 Calle Ranchitos
The Penny Garcia Aquatic Center is an outdoor swimming pool, open from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Times are allotted for open swim, lap swim, lessons and water aerobic classes.

Española Public Library
313 North Paseo de Oñate
Memorial Day through Labor Day
Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Closed Sunday

Española City Parks

Valdez Park
313 Paseo de Onate, behind the Richard L. Lucero Center.
The park provides users with several tables and shelters for picnicking, open space for recreation, a sand volleyball court, three youth size baseball fields and a skateboard park complete with half-pipe and 4, 5 and 7 foot ramps and other apparatus. A large shelter is available by reservation.

Ranchitos Park
811 Calle Ranchitos 
The park features a regulation high school baseball field, outdoor basketball court, tennis courts, open space and the Española Rotary Club Walking Track. The Penny Garcia Aquatic Center is also located at Ranchitos Park and is operated by the City Recreation Division.

Veterans Memorial Park
700 Vietnam Veterans Memorial Road across from Española City Hall.
Veterans Park offers a softball field and, open space, playground equipment for small children and a well used walking track.


Taos Youth and Family Center
407 Paseo del Canon
General information: (575) 758-4160
Skating: (575) 758-4160 
Swimming; (575) 737-2583
Skating, skate park, pool, arcade, pool tables, ping pong.
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Taos Public Library
402 Camino de la Placita
Monday, 12 p.m.-6 p.m.
Tuesday-Friday,10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Closed Sunday
Children’s Library Hours:
Monday, 12 p.m.-6 p.m.
Tuesday-Friday,10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday,10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Closed Sunday

Taos City Parks

Kit Carson Park
402 211 Paseo del Pueblo Norte
(575) 758-8234
Amenities include a walking/jogging trail, two fields for soccer practice, two little league ball fields, one t-ball field, one picnic shelter, a bandstand, several picnic areas, basketball court and a tennis court.
7 a.m. –8 p.m. daily during the summer

Fred Baca Park
301 Camino del Medio
Contains 17 pristine acres with a soccer field, tennis court, basketball court, picnic shelter, picnic tables, playground and a wetlands area.