For a class final project, I and a few others are looking for pathways in the city that are accessible for walking, but where most people don't tend to walk -  either because its discouraged, dangerous, unpleasant, or any other reasons you can think of.  We're thinking alleyways, certain ditches, underground passages, tunnels, anyone know of places they'd recommend? any tunnels large enough for us to stand up and walk in? The below link goes to pictures of tunnels in the diversion channels, but I don't know where along the line they are..

Thanks for your help

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The alley way between Gold and Silver from 1st to about 8th seems to be one of those places foreboding to those who walk as are probably many of the east/west alley ways of downtown.

There are paths close to the river banks in the bosque too that seem to to repel some.

Walking in general is not popular in this car-centric culture of ours. I have not walked the kinds of tunnels pictured at the Flicker site. Those images made me hesitant to respond to this post.

Since walking is a topic that I am thinking about a lot these days I went ahead and responded. 

Thanks for your response.  The class is on the Archaeology of Walking, and it's been very interesting.  Our group is exploring some of the social aspects of walking that weren't talked about as much in the class - where you're allowed to walk, how you know where you shouldn't walk, the boundaries of freedom to walk.. stuff like that.   

Try the north-south alleyway between 2nd and 3rd streets, heading south from Cromwell SW. Its pretty scary.

Thanks, but I think we've got alleys covered.  I was hoping to find out about access to the diversion channel tunnels or other less known paths. 

You will not find  any online maps of  diversion channel tunnels  There are very good reasons for that. Yes i know it does not rain much but when it does you have a flash flood danger in the tunnels  as in if you get caught inside when it starts raining you could get hurt or worse  by fast moving water. Some are as long as 300 yards. Some are so big you could drive a car in them. On the how you can  walk down the side of the arroyo near the ramps or sides  that go into the arroyos than inside.  As for will you get in trouble for being in them ? You have to be seen first and than maybe you might.

Years a go I posted an article about exploring the UNM steam tunnels in my teenage years.  they still exist, but access is very locked down...

if you follow that livejournal community or my older URBEX photos, you can find some tunnels and other places. i do geotag pretty often on flickr too to perhaps help your paper.

Awesome!  mucho thanks

It is very dangerous to go into the drainage tunnels--for example, the ones that are near Albuquerque High School--because the water that flows through them is pumped up from the Broadway pump station to the North Diversion Channel. This water then is channeled to the river. No one will know when the pumps engage. No one can know how much water, volume-wise, at any time will flow through the tunnels. I would advise against going in there.

Noted.  Thanks all for your concern.  We'll be careful.

Um...basically everyone is telling you to NOT go in the diversion channel tunnels. Not to look out when you're in there, but NOT to go. Also, your original criteria specify places that are accessible for pedestrians.  The tunnels in the diversion channels are NOT accessible to pedestrians.  As evidenced by your not knowing how to get in them.

I figure that the diversion channels are Albq.'s own little Darwinian filtration device.  As in if you are stupid enough to cruise around in them and get washed away, the gene pool only benefits.

But some tunnels that I think are accessible, yet not used widely, are the tunnels under Juan Tabo and Eubank on the multi-use path which runs along I-40 from Wyoming to Tramway.  They are kind of creepy and often homeless people camp out in them--or there is evidence that they do.

You might like to see this special, "The Crisis in American Walking":

Although it's not "forbidden", there is a pretty unknown tunnel under the Convention Center that connects it with the parking structure under Civic Plaza. It is filled with really cool neon public art! The piece is called "Celebrating Nature/the Landscape Underground by artist Barbara Grothus.

Go down the escalators, back around to the right, follow a long hallway and then through a set of doors. The underground tunnel of neon leads you out to the parking structure where you can walk up a set of stairs to get to Civic Plaza.

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