CAPULIN PICNIC AREA GROUP SITE, NM

Capulin Picnic Area is a perfect location for birthday parties and family gatherings. It is located along the Sandia Crest section of the Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway. Visitors enjoy picnicking, bird watching and escaping from the sun in the shade of Capulin's evergreen...
Status: Open through Tue Oct 14 2014   Season Dates

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Know Before You Go
  • Day use area only; area is closed nightly from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • No water available at the picnic area
  • Recreation passes must be displayed in each vehicle
  • Six passes come with each reservation and must be picked up at the Sandia Ranger District office before driving to the picnic site; if more passes are needed, they may be purchased at the site
  • Local and Inter-agency passes are honored, including annual, senior, access and volunteer passes
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CAPULIN PICNIC AREA GROUP SITE GROUP PICNIC AREA 50 Accessible
Electric Hookup - no Full Hookup - no
Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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Overview

Overview

Capulin Picnic Area is a perfect location for birthday parties and family gatherings. It is located along the Sandia Crest section of the Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway. Visitors enjoy picnicking, bird watching and escaping from the sun in the shade of Capulin's evergreen forest canopy.

Natural Features:

The picnic area is located near the base of Sandia Peak Ski Area, about 23 miles from Albuquerque at an approximate elevation of 8,600 feet. 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 Capulin Peak Trail leaves from the Capulin Snow Play Area parking lot and is a short 0.6-mile hike to the summit. Capulin Spring is also just a short walk down the hill on the service road, and is a popular location for bird watching.

Facilities:

Capulin Picnic Area was reconstructed in 2011 to include a reservable group picnic shelter with six accessible picnic tables, a food prep/serving table and two large pedestal charcoal grills.

Two new accessible vault toilets have been placed in convenient locations. Bear resistant trash cans are also provided. The picnic pad, pathways are parking area are paved.

Nearby Attractions:

Continue up the highway to the top of the Sandia Crest for a magnificent view of Albuquerque. Sandia Crest Recreation site, overlook, hiking trails and gift shop are nearby. Sandia Peak Ski Area and Tram are just southeast of the picnic area. Numerous trailheads and hiking opportunities are in the area.

Several additional picnic areas are located nearby, including Doc Long, Sulpher, Cienega, Balsam Glade, Nine Mile and Las Huertas.

Booking Window
Thu Oct 02 2014 - Thu Oct 01 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 and 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 Grills
  • Accessible Parking
  • Accessible Picnic Shelters
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Accessible Walkways
  • Birding
  • Hiking
  • Paved Parking
  • Paved Pathways
  • Paved Roads
  • Paved Sites
  • Scenic Overlooks
  • Shade
  • Trailhead Parking
Within 10 Miles
  • Scenic Drive
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 $90.00
Peak Season
May 15 2015 -
Oct 14 2015
GROUP PICNIC AREA $90.00

*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):
35.21694, -106.41611
35°13'1"N, 106°24'58"W

From Albuquerque, drive east on I-40 for approximately 7 miles to exit 175. Proceed north on Highway 14 and continue 7 miles to Highway 536. Go west on Highway 536 for approximately 9.5 miles to Capulin Picnic Ground on the right. Proceed along the service road to the shelter parking spaces immediately adjacent to the shelter.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

CAPULIN PICNIC AREA GROUP SITE
11776 Hwy. 337
Tijeras  NM  87059

Phone Number:

Information:  (505)281-3304
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