BALSAM GLADE PICNIC AREA, NM

Balsam Glade Picnic Area is one of several picnic areas in the scenic Sandia Range within close proximity to Albuquerque, making it a popular place for visitors to enjoy the outdoors. The surrounding forest and mountains provide a beautiful location for sightseeing and a variety of...
Status: Open through Tue Oct 14 2014   Season Dates

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Know Before You Go
  • Water is not available
  • Bears frequent the area; use appropriate containers for food and garbage
  • Six parking passes are included in reservation fee; retrieve them at the Sandia Ranger District Office
  • Day use parking is $3/vehicle
  • Click here for more information on the Cibola National Forest
  • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.
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Electric Hookup - no Full Hookup - no
Pets Allowed - no Near Water - no
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Overview

Overview

Balsam Glade Picnic Area is one of several picnic areas in the scenic Sandia Range within close proximity to Albuquerque, making it a popular place for visitors to enjoy the outdoors. The surrounding forest and mountains provide a beautiful location for sightseeing and a variety of recreational opportunities.

Natural Features:

The picnic area is located just above the base of Sandia Peak Ski Area, about 23 miles from Albuquerque at an altitude of about 8,600 feet. It is adjacent to La Madera Canyon Overlook, with views of South Mountain.

The Sandias are home to Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, mule deer, black bear and many other species of wildlife and birds, including golden eagles, often seen soaring overhead.

Recreation:

The Sandia Crest Scenic Highway extends 13.6 miles from the picnic area into the Sandia Mountains. It is a popular path for motorcyclists and auto touring, with its miles of winding road to the summit.

Day hikes are available along many surrounding trails, including to La Madera Canyon Overlook.

Sandia Peak Ski Area offers a tram to 10,678' Sandia Crest, which gives visitors a different vantage point to see the surrounding range and valleys. It provides a panoramic view of Albuquerque and the Rio Grande Valley below. Sunsets are spectacular, as are night views of the city lights and starry skies.

Facilities:

The picnic area has a covered shelter, which is a replica of a mid-1930's Civilian Conservation Corps design. It can accommodate up to 30 people and is equipped with multiple picnic tables and grills. Accessible vault toilets are provided. Water is not available at the site, nor is firewood or charcoal.

Nearby Attractions:

The rock walls and pinnacles on the west side of the Sandia Range provide abundant rock climbing opportunities. The terrain also provides numerous launching spots for hang gliding, which is popular during summer months.

Booking Window
Sun Aug 24 2014 - Sun Aug 23 2015

Reservations must be made 1 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates
Reservation Start & Opening Date is May 15th.
Last night to camp is October 14th.
Park Closes on October 15th.

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Thu May 15 2014 Tue Oct 14 2014
Peak Fri May 15 2015 Wed Oct 14 2015
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Accessible Picnic Shelters
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Birding
  • Day Use Area
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parking Area
  • Paved Roads
  • Picnic Area
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Gift Shop
  • Restaurant
  • Rock Climbing
  • Scenic Drive
  • Scenic Overlooks
Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fee Information
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
Visa Mastercard Amex Discover UnionPay JCB

Changes and Cancellations
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy


Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
May 15 2014 -
Oct 14 2014
GROUP PICNIC AREA $40.00-$60.00
Peak Season
May 15 2015 -
Oct 14 2015
GROUP PICNIC AREA $40.00-$60.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
35.21361, -106.40722
35°12'49"N, 106°24'26"W

From Albuquerque, drive approximately 7 miles east on I-40 to Exit 175. Continue north on Highway 14 for another 7 miles to Highway 536. Go west on Highway 536 for approximately 9 miles to the picnic area.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

BALSAM GLADE PICNIC AREA
11776 HIGHWAY 337
TIJERAS  NM  87059

Phone Number:

Project Office: (505)281-3304