Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve

Yellow cottonwoods reflect against the blue waters of the Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve

Accessing the Wetland Preserve

The Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve is accessible through museum property June–October, Wednesday–Sunday, 10am–3pm. Access is not permitted from Frontage Road, except by reservation.

Admission can be purchased at the Museum Store. Access for self-guided walks of both the museum and the wetland preserve is included with your museum admission. Private tours can be arranged April–October, by reservation only. Visit the Tours page for more information.

Plan Your Visit

Just a 15 minute walk from the museum entrance, the wetland preserve's trail look is approximately 1 mile long. Remember to bring water, sun protection, and comforatble footwear.

When visiting, please respect the plants and wildlife, and stay on the paths to avoid disturbing this delicate ecosystem.

No pets, littering, picking plants, smoking, fishing, hunting, weapons, camping, or fires allowed.

About the Wetland Preserve

The Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve lies in an open piñon-juniper woodland, connecting the grasslands of the Galisteo Basin and Rio Grande River valley to the wooded Sangre de Cristo foothills. The preserve’s natural spring, or ciénega, provides an oasis for migratory birds and butterflies, as well as a habitat for nesting songbirds, coyotes, bobcats and other wildlife.

Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve Pier

Wetlands Events

A barn swallow flys through the air


Rocky Tucker's Bird Tour

Spend the morning at the Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve and learn about the variety of birds that live in this unique wetland habitat. Volunteer Rocky Tucker leads this popular tour and offers seven Saturday morning tours throughout the year. This tour is limited to 25 guests—reservations required.

Upcoming Tour Dates: June 22, July 27, August 24, September 28 & October 26

Where: Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve
When: Select Saturdays, 7:30 am–11:00 am
Price: These tours are free - suggested $5 or more donation contributes to maintaining the preserve. Thank you!

To book a tour, please contact our Tour Coordinator by calling 505-471-2261, ext 112 or emailing [email protected].