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DOC LONG PICNIC AREA, NM
part ofCibola National Forest and Grasslands, US Forest Service
Status: Closed through Thu May 14 2015 Season Dates
OverviewDoc Long Picnic Area is one of several picnic areas in the scenic Sandia Range close to Albuquerque, making it a popular area for visitors to enjoy a getaway in nature. The Doc Long picnic site has been in use since the 1920’s, and has been a destination site for both local families and visitors from nearby communities throughout its history. In the 1930s, a rustic log pavilion was constructed at the site by Civilian Conservation Corps work crews and is still available for public use. The surrounding forest and the majestic mountains provide a beautiful location for sightseeing, hiking, and outdoor recreation.
The picnic area is just 15 miles from Albuquerque at an altitude of 7,500 feet. It is nestled in a dense forest of towering Ponderosa pines and is surrounded by mountainous terrain.
The nearby Sandia Crest Scenic Highway winds 13.6 miles to the summit of the Sandia Mountains. It is a popular route for motorcycle, bicycle, and auto touring, with its miles of spectacular views along the curvy road to the summit.
The picnic area offers two large, accessible group picnic shelters, which are replicas of the 1930s Civilian Conservation Corps design. Each can accommodate up to 30 people and is equipped with multiple picnic tables and grills. The site features a playfield area adjacent to the group shelters, interpretive displays, and a small visitor center staffed by friendly volunteers. The visitor center is typically open on weekends to welcome visitors and provide information and assistance.
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 a popular sport during summer months.
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Know Before You Go
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
From Albuquerque, drive approximately 7 miles east on I-40 to Exit 175. Proceed north on Highway 14 about 7 miles to Highway 536. Go just over a mile west on Highway 536 to the picnic area. Group sites are in the two covered areas adjacent to the road.
Mailing Address:DOC LONG PICNIC AREA
11776 HIGHWAY 337
TIJERAS NM 87059
Phone Number:Information: (505)281-3304