EXPLORE THE PARK

Points of Interest

Railyard Park Map

Entry Ramada

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Common Trumpet Vine
Campsis radicans

Bird and Butterfly Garden

Compact Purple Butterfly Bush, Buddleia davidii nanhoensis
Compact Purple Butterfly Bush, Buddleia davidii nanhoensis

Hollyhocks, Althea rosea
Hollyhocks, Althea rosea

Fragrant Bearded Iris, Iris germanicus
Fragrant Bearded Iris, Iris germanicus

Lavender, ‘Sharon Roberts’, Lavendula angustifolia
Lavender, ‘Sharon Roberts’, Lavendula angustifolia

Garden Phlox, Phlox paniculata
Garden Phlox, Phlox paniculata

Spanish Broom, Spartium junceum
Spanish Broom, Spartium junceum

Rosemary, Rosamarinus officinalis ‘Arp’
Rosemary, Rosamarinus officinalis ‘Arp’

Golden Raintree, Koelreuteria paniculata
Golden Raintree, Koelreuteria paniculata

Purple Butterfly Bush, Buddleia davidii
Purple Butterfly Bush, Buddleia davidii

Chamisa, Chrysothamnus nauseosus
Chamisa, Chrysothamnus nauseosus

Firecracker Penstemon, Penstemon eatonii
Firecracker Penstemon, Penstemon eatonii

Pineleaf Penstemon, Penstemon pinifolius
Pineleaf Penstemon, Penstemon pinifolius

Mock Orange, Philadephus lewisii
Mock Orange, Philadephus lewisii

Gabion Gardens

The Gabion Gardens are xeric ornamental gardens that are a local interpretation of long, wide English border gardens. This means they are made up of a mix of native and non-native shrubs, grasses and perennials planted in large drifts, with the biggest plants in the background and the lowest plants in the foreground.

Purple Aster, Aster bigelovii
Purple Aster, Aster bigelovii

Mexican Needlegrass, Stipa tenuissima
Mexican Needlegrass, Stipa tenuissima

Palmers Penstemon, Penstemon palmeri
Palmers Penstemon, Penstemon palmeri

Missouri Evening Primrose, Oenothera macrocarpa
Missouri Evening Primrose, Oenothera macrocarpa

Mormon Tea Blue Varieties, Ephedra nevadensis
Mormon Tea Blue Varieties, Ephedra nevadensis

Rosa Glaucared, Leaved rose
Rosa Glaucared, Leaved rose

Purple Rain Salvia, Salvia verticillate
Purple Rain Salvia, Salvia verticillate

Sand Penstemon, Penstemon ambiguus
Sand Penstemon, Penstemon ambiguus

Russian Sage, Perovskia atriplicifolia
Russian Sage, Perovskia atriplicifolia

Winterfat, Ceratoides lantana
Winterfat, Ceratoides lantana

Wild Pink Snapdragon, Penstamon spp.
Wild Pink Snapdragon, Penstamon spp.

Whirling Butterflies, Gaura lindheimeri
Whirling Butterflies, Gaura lindheimeri

Soaptree Yucca, Yucca elata
Soaptree Yucca, Yucca elata

Indian Grass, Sorghastrum Nutans
Indian Grass, Sorghastrum Nutans

Father Hugo Rose, Rosa hugonis
Father Hugo Rose, Rosa hugonis

Chamisa, Chrysothamnus nauseosus
Chamisa, Chrysothamnus nauseosus

Three Leaf Sumac, Rhus trilobata
Three Leaf Sumac, Rhus trilobata

Wild Hyssop, Agastache aurantica
Wild Hyssop, Agastache aurantica

Bear Grass, Nolina macrocarpa
Bear Grass, Nolina macrocarpa

Yellow Shrub Rose, Rosa xanthina
Yellow Shrub Rose, Rosa xanthina

Fringed Sage, Artemesia frigida
Fringed Sage, Artemesia frigida

Fernbush, Chamaebatiaria millefolium
Fernbush, Chamaebatiaria millefolium

Moonlight Broom, Cytisus scoparius moonlight
Moonlight Broom, Cytisus scoparius moonlight

Peace Tree Entry

Railway Gardens

These ornamental gardens are aligned along the original historic rail lines that terminated at a station-house that is now the home of Tomasita’s Restaurant. The planting alignment celebrates the rail history of the site, and blocks of plantings along the rail reference the materials that would have been loaded and unloaded along the tracks on a regular basis – hence the mono-plantings. The mix of plantings references the introduction of new ornamental horticultural varieties that arrived with rail commerce.

Horticulturally, these plants are a mix of drought tolerant natives and non-natives that were chosen for their year-round presence – some do disappear entirely in the winter, but many do not.

Parry's Agave, Agave parryi
Parry’s Agave, Agave parryi

Feather Reed Grass, Calamagrostis acutiflora
Feather Reed Grass, Calamagrostis acutiflora

Hardy Geranium, Geranium s 'Cranesbill'
Hardy Geranium, Geranium s ‘Cranesbill’

Blue Mist Spirea, Caryopteris x 'Clandonennsis'
Blue Mist Spirea, Caryopteris x ‘Clandonennsis’

Blue Avena Grass, Helocotrichon sempirvirens
Blue Avena Grass, Helocotrichon sempirvirens

Bearded Iris, Iris germinicus
Bearded Iris, Iris germinicus

Texas Red Yucca, Hesperaloe parviflora
Texas Red Yucca, Hesperaloe parviflora

Yellow Poker, Kniphofia uvaria
Yellow Poker, Kniphofia uvaria

Blue Leaf Red Hot Poker, Kniphofia caulescens
Blue Leaf Red Hot Poker, Kniphofia caulescens

Adams Crabapple, Malus adams
Adams Crabapple, Malus adams

French Lavender, Lavendula x Intermedia Provence
French Lavender, Lavendula x Intermedia Provence

Centurion Crabapple, Malus centurion
Centurion Crabapple, Malus centurion

Snowdrift Crabapple, Malus snowdrift
Snowdrift Crabapple, Malus snowdrift

Gro Low Sumac, Rhus aromatica
Gro Low Sumac, Rhus aromatica

Pineleaf Penstemon, Penstemon pinnifolius
Pineleaf Penstemon, Penstemon pinnifolius

Dolgo Crabapple, Malus dolgo
Dolgo Crabapple, Malus dolgo

Dolgo Crabapple, Malus dolgo
Dolgo Crabapple, Malus dolgo

Arroyo

The Arroyo area is meant to be a naturalistic interpretation of an arroyo, and is made up of all native trees and plants.

Wolfberry, Lycium pallidum
Wolfberry, Lycium pallidum

Silver Buffalo Berry, Shepherdia argentia
Silver Buffalo Berry, Shepherdia argentia

Shrubby Cinquefoil, Potentilla fruitcosa
Shrubby Cinquefoil, Potentilla fruitcosa

Rocky Mountain Juniper, Juniperus scopulorum
Rocky Mountain Juniper, Juniperus scopulorum

Ponderosa Pine, Pinus ponderosa
Ponderosa Pine, Pinus ponderosa

Pinon Pine, Pinus edulis
Pinon Pine, Pinus edulis

New Mexico Privet, Forestiera neomexicana
New Mexico Privet, Forestiera neomexicana

Mountain Mahogany, Cercocarpus montanus
Mountain Mahogany, Cercocarpus montanus

Mormon Tea Blue Varieties, Ephedera nevadensis
Mormon Tea Blue Varieties, Ephedera nevadensis

Honey Locust, Gleditsea triacanthos
Honey Locust, Gleditsea triacanthos

Golden Current, Ribes aureum
Golden Current, Ribes aureum

Gambels Oak, Quercus gambelii
Gambels Oak, Quercus gambelii

Fernbush, Chamaebatgiaria millefolium
Fernbush, Chamaebatgiaria millefolium

Desert Juniper, Juniperus monosperma
Desert Juniper, Juniperus monosperma

Winterfat, Ceritoides lantana
Winterfat, Ceritoides lantana

Big Sagebrush, Artemisia tridentate
Big Sagebrush, Artemisia tridentate

big-bluestem-andropogon-gerardii
Big Bluestem, Andropogon gerardii

Bear Grass, Nolina macrocarpa
Bear Grass, Nolina macrocarpa

Apache Plume, Fallugia paradoxa
Apache Plume, Fallugia paradoxa

Three Leaf Sumac, Rhus trilobata
Three Leaf Sumac, Rhus trilobata

Moonlight Broom, Cytisus scoparius
Moonlight Broom, Cytisus scoparius

Big Sagebrush, Artemisia filifolia
Big Sagebrush, Artemisia filifolia

Acequia Madre Cottonwood Bosque

The overall intent of the Cottonwood Bosque is to create a shady naturalistic riparian ecozone with an understory of shrubs and wildflower meadows.

Beebalm, Monarda sp
Beebalm, Monarda sp

Wood Rose, Rosa woodsii
Wood Rose, Rosa woodsii

Sulphur Flower, Eriogonum umbellatum
Sulphur Flower, Eriogonum umbellatum

Rocky Mountain Penstemon, Penstemon strictus
Rocky Mountain Penstemon, Penstemon strictus

Pink Flower Yarrow, Achillea millefolium
Pink Flower Yarrow, Achillea millefolium

Chamisa, Chrysothamnus nauseosus
Chamisa, Chrysothamnus nauseosus

Golden Currant, Ribes aureum
Golden Currant, Ribes aureum

Sheep Fescue, Festuca ovina
Sheep Fescue, Festuca ovina

Purple Aster, Aster Bigelovii
Purple Aster, Aster Bigelovii

Rio Grande Cottonwood, Populus Fremontii
Rio Grande Cottonwood, Populus Fremontii

Cerrillos Road Orchards

Tilton, Prunus Spp
Tilton, Prunus Spp

Red Delicious Gala and Jonathan, Malus Spp.
Red Delicious Gala and Jonathan, Malus Spp.

Circular Ramada

The Circular Ramada is filled with mass plantings of roses and Powis Castle Sage. Fleece vine is meant to reach the top of the ramada and then grow wild, forming a halo of white bloom (and shade!). The roses that were originally chosen are all repeat-blooming shrub roses. They all have scent, and the colors range from pink to yellow to orange and red in generally soft shades.

The Powis Castle Sage is meant to run around, through, and under the roses. The sedums in the central circle are meant to run and scramble over the glass, filling out in large patches of distinct varieties and colors.

Rose, Rosa Chihuly
Rose, Rosa Chihuly

Rose, Rosa Graham Thomas
Rose, Rosa Graham Thomas

Rose, Rosa Abraham Darby
Rose, Rosa Abraham Darby

Rose, Rosa Morden Centennial
Rose, Rosa Morden Centennial

Rose, Rosa Tamora
Rose, Rosa Tamora

Rose, Rosa Golden Celebrations
Rose, Rosa Golden Celebrations

Golden Moss, Stonecrop Sedum Sp.
Golden Moss, Stonecrop Sedum Sp.

Blue Oakleaf, Stonecrop Sedum Sp.
Blue Oakleaf, Stonecrop Sedum Sp.

Wormwood Powis Castle, Artemisia arborescens
Wormwood Powis Castle, Artemisia arborescens

Dragons Blood, Stonecrop Sedum Spurium
Dragons Blood, Stonecrop Sedum Spurium

Waffle Garden

The Waffle garden is meant to represent historic Pueblo garden traditions, although is not an exact replica of any particular garden. The waffle-shaped planting sections capture and conserve rainwater, allowing dry-land farming practices to be used in an arid climate. This garden space will be planted with mainly traditional crops such as corn, beans and squash, and some other edibles such as herbs and edible flowers.

PLANTS VARY BY SEASON AND USERS OF THE GARDEN PLOTS

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Open Field

This area is made up of native ponderosas and picnic grass circles with shade trees. At the south edge of the field is a naturalistic area of native blue grama grass with some oaks, cottonwoods, and a few shade-loving native shrubs.

Bur Oak, Quercus macrocarpa
Bur Oak, Quercus macrocarpa

Hybrid Elm, Ulmus x
Hybrid Elm, Ulmus x

Ponderosa Pine, Pinus Ponderosa
Ponderosa Pine, Pinus Ponderosa

Texas Red Oak, Quercus buckleyi
Texas Red Oak, Quercus buckleyi

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