Major Albuquerque bike trail to close for renovations


ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – One of Albuquerque’s most heavily used multi-purpose trails will be closed for ten days for construction.

The North Diversion Channel Trail is beginning to show its age. The asphalt path is starting to crumble and crack.

“I mean it’s not in great condition,” said walker Art Soltero.

It’s been years since the City of Albuquerque renovated the nearly 9-mile trail that stretches from the University of New Mexico to Balloon Fiesta Park.

“I have been walking this path for about 40 years,” said walker Beverly Cramer. “It’s pretty much been the same. It has stayed the same.”

Construction to renovate the trail from Indian School Road NE to Tucker Avenue is expected to begin Monday, February 15.

“We are closing off this portion of the trail so that we can resurface it, re-stripe it and make it last longer for our trail users,” said City of Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Spokesperson Jen Samp.

Samp said the city also plans on getting rid of the weeds along the trail.

“We have about 170 miles worth of trails systems within Albuquerque and we want to make sure that they can use them and use them safely,” Samp said.

The city is currently in negotiations with a company to do an all inclusive trail study. The study would prioritize the need of trail renovations in the future.

Samp said the North Diversion Channel Trail revamp should last about 10 years.

Click here for a trail detour map. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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