Barelas is a Hub of Albuquerque Tourism

Barelas is Home to BioParks and More!

Barelas is a neighborhood in Southwest Albuquerque with many tourists attractions and several local hotspots too. It’s just south of the Downtown/Plaza Vieja area and very close to the Rio Grande. Here are some of the destinations worth noting in the region.

Bio Parks in Barelas

Barelas is located in Southwest Albuquerque, adjacent to the Rio Grande, and it’s near the southern-most BioPark, Zoo! The Botanic Garden, Aquarium, Tingley Beach (fishing ponds open to the public), and Zoo are all part of the BioParks. The Zoo is a sizable facility with 64 acres and has been in operation for almost a century. Visitors can feed llamas, alpacas, and lorikeets as well as watch crocodile and hippo feedings. Each BioPark has its own set of benefits and will bring joy to all, whether the purpose of the visit is to entertain family in town or just have a fun day out.

Other Tourist Attractions in Barelas

The Wheels Museum and the Rio Grande Pool are two of Barelas’s most popular tourist spots. The Albuquerque Railyards, which preserves the history of transportation, has a particular emphasis on railways, among other things. And, if swimming is in the cards for the day, the Rio Grande Pool is a public swimming pool with lap lanes, lessons, and aquatic teams. One Google reviewer, R.G. shared, 

“Nice, large pool, with plenty of shaded grass areas and a couple of picnic benches. Half of the pool has lap swim lanes, the other half for open recreational play/swim.  Has a kiddie pool too.  Outside food and non-alcoholic drink are ok at Albuquerque public pools.”

Driving Directions from Wheels Museum to Enhancement Center

13 minutes, 7.6 miles

Wheels Museum Inc

1100 2nd St SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102, United States

Take I-25 N and Montgomery Blvd NE to Georgia St NE

13 min (7.5 mi)

Head north on 2nd St SW toward Pacific Ave SW

0.4 mi

Turn right onto Coal Ave SW

0.7 mi

Turn left onto Oak St SE

0.1 mi

Use the left lane to take the ramp onto I-25 N

3.8 mi

Take exit 228 toward Montgomery Blvd/Montaño Rd

463 ft

Merge onto Pan American Frontage Rd N/Pan American Fwy NE

0.2 mi

Slight right toward Montgomery Blvd NE

256 ft

Slight right onto Montgomery Blvd NE

Pass by Del Taco (on the right in 1.1 mi)

2.2 mi

Turn right onto Georgia St NE

Destination will be on the right

1 min (456 ft)

The Enhancement Center

3901 Georgia St NE a4, Albuquerque, NM 87110, United States

Do you have therapists that speak Spanish?

Yes, we have a number of staff members that are fluent in Spanish and can conduct therapy sessions in either Spanish or English. Our current therapists that speak Spanish are; Elena Abeyta, Victoria Cain, Eugene Hinojos, Mark Ortega, and Elba True. Please contact our office to learn more. 

What are your hours of operation?

Our therapists are available to make appointments any time during the day, Monday through Friday, as well as after 5 p.m. Some Saturday appointments may also be available, depending on the therapist.

Our main administrative office is open from 8:30 am – 5 pm Monday through Friday.