Hike of the Week: Martineztown History & Culture Walk

Martineztown History & Culture Walk

An outing or a hike can take many different forms and this is one that incorporates fresh air and a history lesson in an urban setting. It’s also perfect for getting the kids, grandkids, grandparents and everyone else out to see and learn something new.

Martineztown Park is a hidden gem within one of Albuquerque’s oldest neighborhoods that dates from the early 1600’s. The park is situated at the crossroads of Edith Boulevard NE and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave on the east side of downtown Albuquerque. Engravings in the sidewalk along Edith Blvd. offer significant dates in both Albuquerque’s and New Mexico’s history, beginning with the conquistadors and progressing thru the modern era. Two statues in the park provide focal points for pondering the artists message and there’s seating and picnic tables available nearby so that you can catch some solar energy.

This route is ADA compliant and is perfect for rolling adventurers.

Location: Albuquerque metro
Difficulty: Easy, 0.25 miles, 25 feet of elevation change, Handi-Accessible
Hiking time: 15-20 minutes
Cost: $0
Dogs: Allowed on leash
Maps and information: Historical Martineztown

The Hike: After parking along Edith Blvd, proceed downhill (North) on the sidewalk situated on the East side of the street. Significant historical dates are inscribed in the sidewalk which eventually turns East and proceeds to a circular area with a large winged statue (Angelitas De Caridad) in its center. Take your time and enjoy the history lesson as well as the murals and messages engraved in the surrounding stones and supports.

Pro Tip: Winter is a great time to inventory your first aid kit. Bandages lose their adhesive properties and some items outlive their shelf lives. You’ll want to ensure it’s ready to go when you need it. If you’re looking for ideas for what to have in your first aid kit, here’s a handy reference, or pick one up at your local outdoor store or online: https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/anatomy-of-a-first-aid-kit.html

To Get There: Walk, bike or drive to the corner of Edith Blvd NE and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd and park along Edith near Longfellow school.

For more urban hikes, check out the City of Albuquerque Neighborhood Walks.

Terry Sierra Owen, Club-Rio Grande Chapter-Outings Chairman
January 26, 2021

Hike of the Week: Martineztown History & Culture Walk