Chavez Loop is a 5.5-mile extension on the south end of the 14-mile Paseo del Bosque Trail. (Technically, they overlap, but for the sake of simplicity, we’ll discuss them separately for now.) Paseo del Bosque flanks the Rio Grande Valley State Park from Alameda Blvd. to Rio Bravo Blvd. Pedestrians, equestrians, skaters, bicyclists, wheelchairs, baby strollers, dog walkers, and bird-watchers share this motor-free multiuse thoroughfare. You might also spot a deer, coyote, or roadrunner.
Bridges at cross streets keep the entire length of it uninterrupted by traffic. Attractions along the way include the Rio Grande Nature Center, the BioPark (Aquarium, Botanic Garden, and Zoo), Tingley Beach, and the National Hispanic Cultural Center. By contrast, Chavez Loop doesn’t stick to the bosque. Features along its route include a sewer treatment plant, industrial sectors, and salvage lots. However, it’s not without its merits. For one, it never gets crowded. And while its “attractions” might not be attractive in the conventional sense, a walk here leads to a deeper understanding of the city.
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