The 640-acre Elena Gallegos park is a gem in the Open Space system. From the top, visitors can see Mt. Taylor to the west, the Jemez Mountains to the north, and the Tijeras Arroyo to the south. The plant and animal life is varied and fascinating. Join Kyle Bality on a hike through Elena Gallegos, starting at the Pino Trailhead at the top of the main loop at Elena Gallegos. The hike has an initial slow but steady incline and then varies with up and down areas up to 6,500 feet — but nothing too steep. This is a moderately strenuous outing. Limited enrollment.

Kyle Bality is Open Space Division education coordinator and holds a degree in environmental planning and design. He is well versed in the ecosystems and biomes of central New Mexico, historical land uses, and timeline of peoples and cultures utilizing them.