Mariposa Preserve Fosters Love for Nature

Mariposa Preserve Fosters Love for Nature

Posted on March 28, 2019

What makes Mariposa so special and different than any community in the region? Within the heart of Mariposa is The Mariposa Preserve; 2,200 acres of dedicated open space owned by The Albuquerque Academy, protected and used exclusively for recreational and educational purposes. It’s a completely preserved area available for exploration, providing solitude and stunning views of rolling high desert hills and the surrounding mountain ranges. It’s the perfect place for re-centering, exploring New Mexico’s natural lands, or finding those special spots to share with family and friends.

The land that Mariposa and the Preserve are on was originally a portion of King Ranch, which was owned by former Governor Bruce King and his family. Mariposa encompasses a total of 6,500 acres of land, when including the Mariposa Preserve.

The Preserve provides easy access to nature, encompassing more than 50 miles of hiking and biking trails through high desert vistas, juniper and pinon-covered hills, boulder outcroppings, and gentle grasslands. Additionally, it’s a great spot to view a diverse variety of local birds and wildlife that live on the surrounding hillside. The Preserve instills a love of nature that will be passed down through generations. Spend some time on the trails amidst this gorgeous and diverse landscape today!

Mariposa is close to Albuquerque and an easy 45-minute drive to Santa Fe. The gorgeous 360 degree views of both the Jemez Mountains and majestic Sandia Mountain Range provide a dramatic landscape and backdrop for the well-designed Mariposa community that sits seamlessly to the south of the Preserve.

Looking for a new home or custom home site near Albuquerque? Nestled among the foothills of Rio Rancho, Mariposa is a master-planned community situated just 30 minutes north of Albuquerque. Mariposa is designed for living naturally and offers a fully-equipped fitness center, resort-style indoor and outdoor pools, parks, sports courts, miles of trails and abundant open space, and endless views at the Mariposa Preserve and surrounding mountains.

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