PINE FLAT PICNIC AREA, NM

Pine Flat 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 a getaway in nature. The surrounding forest and mountains provide a beautiful location for sightseeing and outdoor...
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
  • $3 fee for day-use parking
  • Six parking passes are included in reservation fee; retrieve them at the Sandia Ranger District Office
  • 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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PINE FLAT GROUP PICNIC AREA 50 Accessible 0
Electric Hookup - no Full Hookup - no
Pets Allowed - no Near Water - no
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Electric Hookup - no Full Hookup - no
Pets Allowed - no Near Water - no
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Overview

Overview

Pine Flat 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 a getaway in nature. The surrounding forest and mountains provide a beautiful location for sightseeing and outdoor recreation.

Natural Features:

The picnic area is located in the Manzanita Mountains just 13 miles from Albuquerque at an elevation of about 7,500 feet. Cool mountain breezes are common in the area, and are a stark but welcome contrast to the desert heat of Albuquerque.

The hills 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 at the crest.

Recreation:

A variety of hiking trails surround the area, and are of varying distances and difficulties. The 13-mile Pine Flats Loop Trail is open to hiking, biking and horseback riding. It begins in the picnic area and connects with multiple trails to make the loop. Some portions are challenging, but the trail goes through scenic areas with spectacular views.

Scenic drives through the area are popular as well.

Facilities:

The picnic area offers two accessible group picnic shelters, each equipped with multiple tables and grills. Each shelter can accommodate up to 50 people. Accessible vault toilets are provided. There is no water available at this facility.

Nearby Attractions:

The historic Cedro Cemetery and the town of Tijeras are about five miles from the picnic area.

Booking Window
Sat Aug 02 2014 - Sat Aug 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 & 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
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Mountain Biking
  • Picnic Area
  • Scenic Drive
  • Trailheads
  • Wildlife Viewing
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 $20.00-$30.00
Peak Season
May 15 2015 -
Oct 14 2015
GROUP PICNIC AREA $20.00-$30.00

*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):
35.01333, -106.33556
35°0'48"N, 106°20'8"W

From Albuquerque, drive approximately 7 miles east on I-40 to Exit 175. Proceed south on Highway 337 for just over 6 miles to the picnic area on the east side of the highway.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

PINE FLAT PICNIC AREA
11776 HWY 337
TIJERAS  NM  87059

Phone Number:

Information:  (505)281-3304