Corrales Bosque--La Entrada/East Ella

Tips for Birding

Possibly the most confusing spot to gain access to the bosque. You can park at the end of East Ella Road, in the roundabout, and then walk south along the irrigation ditch until you get to a couple of bridges. You'll want to cross one of those, and then the Boy Scout bridge, the only way to access the bosque habitat here, will be on your left. If you park at the end of La Entrada Road, you'll walk north until you get to the bridges to cross the irrigation ditch, then turn around and start walking south, and the Boy Scout Bridge will be on your left. Walking north along the lower levee trail, you'll get great riverside drain habitat and eventually will hit the Dixon Bridge. Walking south along the lower levee trail, you'll get great riverside drain habitat for a while, then the habitat will end once you get close to the large bend in the levee.

About Corrales Bosque

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The Corrales Bosque Preserve consists of a narrow strip of land containing a natural cottonwood forest and associated riparian habitats that include shrubs such as coyote willow and New Mexico olive. The Preserve runs west from the Rio Grande to 1) north of Coroval Road, the west side of the Sandoval lateral irrigation ditch, and 2) south of Coroval Road, the west side of the Corrales Riverside Drain (“clear ditch”). Additional boundaries of the Preserve are south at the Alameda Bridge and north at Siphon Road.

In 1978 the Corrales Bosque Preserve was declared a protected area. The Village of Corrales oversees the Preserve to maintain it as a Natural Area and Wildlife Preserve.

Riparian habitats are particularly important for avian communities in the arid Southwest. As such, the Preserve was designated as an Important Bird Area (IBA) in 2013. Many bird species nest in this area and the endangered Southwestern Willow Flycatcher and the Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo, a species of conservation concern, have been observed in the bosque habitats. The Preserve is also an important stopover habitat for many migrants that pass through on their ways south and north, and it provides habitat for wintering Bald Eagles.

Corrales Bosque Important Bird Area is located on the west side of the Rio Grande within the limits of the Village of Corrales. Corrales Bosque Preserve is a narrow strip of relatively natural riparian habitat bounded by the Corrales Siphon on the north, the Alameda Boulevard bridge on the south, the western low water line of the Rio Grande on the east, and on the west by the Sandoval Lateral Canal and the Corrales Riverside Drain. The Corrales Riverside Drain (known as the Clear Ditch) runs the entire length of the Preserve.

Parking is available at the south end (Alameda bridge) and north end (Siphon Road). Limited parking is available at Romero Road. Be courteous to residents and do not block gates and driveways, and do not block access points for the Fire and Police Departments.


  • Wheelchair accessible trail

  • Restrooms on site

  • Entrance fee

  • Roadside viewing

Content from Corrales Bosque Official Website, Corrales Bosque Preserve webpage, and Owen Sinkus

Last updated May 16, 2023