Bosque Estatal De Río Abajo

This large park was once nearly bare of all trees, thanks to an aggressive logging industry on the island in the early 1900's. Thankfully, the park was established and a replanting movement went underway, and now this forest has reclaimed 5000 acres of land.

Visitors to the park will be treated to a large selection of nature trails that will take them down the very roads used by the loggers around a century ago. Hikers will have plenty of opportunities to see plenty of birds and other wildlife as the twist through the forest.


Situated on the island of Puerto Rico, 9.1 miles south of Arecibo, Bosque Estatal De Río Abajo welcomes local customers and travelers rooming on this part of the island or nearby. But even if you aren't staying nearby, you should consider stopping by for some fun in the sun. If you're wondering, Utuado is four and a half miles (seven and a half kilometers) to the south.

You will have to take a car if you want to reach this natural park. Just beware that the roads here are rough, any small cars may not be able to handle the transitions.

Nearby Restaurants

If you've worked up an appetite during your visit to the wildlife reserve, don't worry -- you'll find a wide variety of lunch and dinner options near this attraction. The most nearby restaurant to Bosque Estatal De Río Abajo is Rancho Marina Restaurant, which serves Creole meals. It is maybe about three and a half miles away, so check it out and enjoy a meal. El Fogan De Abuela Restaurant and Acuarium Sea Food Restaurant are additional nearby lunch and dinner possibilities where you have the chance to experience the flavors of Puerto Rico, and munch on some tasty cuisine.

Nearby Attractions

Travelers who are a fan of nature preserves, and are interested in visiting others, might consider a trip to Parque Las Cavernals Rio Camuy and Bosque Estatal De Cambalache; the first of which is eight miles to the west of this nature preserve. You'll find some other attractions nearby, including Arecibo Observatory, which is two miles away near Utuado. You might want to also consider heading to Taino Indian Ceremonial Center, which is another attraction in the area.

If you can't wait to see as many of Puerto Rico's attractions as possible, the following table shows the closest options.

Attractions Near Bosque Estatal De Río Abajo
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location
Arecibo Observatory -- 2.2 mi. (9.6 km) W 6.0 mi. Northwest of Utuado
Taino Indian Ceremonial Center Historic Site 4.2 mi. (8.2 km) SW 5.1 mi. West-Northwest of Utuado
Chorro de Oro Waterfall GeoFeature 4.8 mi. (7.0 km) N 4.4 mi. South of Arecibo
Complejo Recreativo Angel Lile Medina -- 5.0 mi. (0.5 km) S Utuado

More Information


The ranger offices at the park are open between 9:00am and 5:00pm.

Location: Puerto Rico


(787) 880-6557


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