Taylor Ranch, Albuquerque Neighborhood Guide

Old Main Library, Albuquerque
••• Old Main Library, Albuquerque. Wikimedia Commons/John Phelan

Taylor Ranch was one of the first areas to boom when Albuquerque grew out to the west side. Located in the northwest quadrant of the city, it is both close enough to Albuquerque's center to make a commute do-able, yet far enough away from the bustle to make it feel suburban.

Taylor Ranch begins at the river and ascends toward the bluffs on the west side, so it overlooks the valley and has great views of the Sandia mountains.

The Taylor Ranch neighborhood has many opportunities for outdoor relaxation. There are plentiful parks, an outdoor swimming pool, and numerous trails for hiking, walking, biking, and jogging. There are fields for soccer, football, basketball, and volleyball. Mariposa Basin Park is 51 acres and has a pond with fish, picnic tables, trails and play areas. The Maloof Air Park is used year round by enthusiasts of radio-controlled airplanes. The Petroglyph Monument and west mesa volcanoes provide a stark contrast to the valley to the east.

The Taylor Ranch community center has programs for all ages, and Taylor Ranch library offers programs year round. Commuters from this bedroom neighborhood find easy access via bus or car. Within an easy distance of the city center, Kirtland Air Force Base and UNM/CNM, it's no surprise that Taylor Ranch is a popular neighborhood. Families who enjoy both the outdoors and the beauty of Albuquerque choose to call it home.

Its affordability makes it a popular part of the city to live in as well.

Boundaries and Real Estate

Taylor Ranch is bounded by Paseo del Norte on the north, Western Trail on the south, the Rio Grande to the east and the Mesa escarpment to the west.

Single family homes abound in Taylor Ranch, making up the majority of housing.

There are also apartment complexes, townhouses, and condos. The homes range in price from about $150,000 to $220,000. Homes in Taylor Ranch steadily maintain their value.

Shopping, Restaurants & Transportation

Taylor Ranch's main shopping center, Riverside Plaza, has an Albertson's grocery stores alongside other mall shops and restaurants. Keller's Farm Store has a location here. Riverside Plaza is located at Coors and Montano.

Taylor Ranch is home to several small restaurants, most of which are perched within shopping strips. There are plenty of restaurants, to include Hannah and Nate's, Dion's and Spinn's.

The Taylor Ranch Express, 92, runs weekdays from Taylor Ranch into the downtown and UNM/CNM area. A Park and Ride center connecting to the line is located at Ellison and the Coors Bypass.
Driving from the west side and the Taylor Ranch area to central and eastern Albuquerque, commuters can cross the river at Montano, Paseo del Norte or I-25.

Area Organizations

The Taylor Ranch Neighborhood Association is strongly active in the community. The association is part of the larger West Side Coalition of Neighborhoods, a cluster of neighborhood associations. The Taylor Ranch Community Center has programs for all ages.

Youth programs include after school, dance, art, karate and tumble tots. Adult programs include bridge, Zumba and many clubs and classes.

Parks and Recreation

The Mariposa Basin Park is across from the community center. The large, 51-acre park has paved jogging and walking trails, bike, and riding trails, and play areas. There are a basketball court and football and soccer fields. A pond, picnic tables, and shade structure make the park a regular destination. Sierra Vista West Park has tennis courts, volleyball, picnic tables and a shade structure. The outdoor pool has a large with a water slide and a small pool for toddlers. Riverview Park has a large grassy area and some small trails. Other area parks are the Santa Fe Village Park, Mesa View Park, Creighton Park, and the George Maloof Air Park where radio controlled airplanes can be flown.

The Coors/Montano trailhead has paved trails through the bosque, along the river. The Petroglyph National Monument is a national park located at the western edge of Taylor Ranch. There are many hiking trails from Boca Negra Canyon, Rinconada Canyon, and the volcanoes can be accessed from dirt trails at Paseo del Vulcan. The Shooting Range Park is a good place to learn about and practice target shooting.