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part ofCibola National Forest and Grasslands, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Wed Oct 14 2015   Season Dates


Las Huertas Picnic Area is one of several picnic areas in the scenic Sandia Range within close proximity to Albuquerque, making it a popular area 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 site is located in the Sandia Mountains, just 16 miles from Albuquerque at an elevation of 7,600 feet. Las Huertas is adjacent to the only year-round stream in the range. The creek can be heard throughout the picnic area. Aspen and fir trees surround the area, providing shade from the sun.

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 at the crest.


Las Huertas Creek is stocked with fish, providing opportunities for leisurely fishing. At least two marked hiking trails, including the Cedro Trail, extend from the area into the scenic Sandia Mountains.

Sandia Peak Ski Area offers a tram to 10,678' Sandia Crest, which gives visitors a different vantage point from which to view 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.


The accessible picnic area has a covered shelter that can accommodate up to 30 people. It 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 picnic area is not far from the Sandia Crest Scenic Highway, which travels 13.6 miles to the top ridge of the Sandia Mountains. The roadway is a popular path for motorcyclists and auto touring, with its miles of winding road to the summit.

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.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Picnic Areas
  • Accessible Picnic Shelters
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Birding
  • Creek Access
  • Day Use Area
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Parking Area
  • Paved Roads
  • Tables
  • Trailheads
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Gift Shop
  • Restaurant
  • Rock Climbing
  • Scenic Drive
  • Scenic Overlooks
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
  • Live music and sound systems are not allowed
  • 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.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
35.23472, -106.41056
35°14'5"N, 106°24'38"W

From Albuquerque, drive north on I-25 to Exit 242. Continue east on Highway 165 through Placitas to the forest boundary. Travel five miles on the gravel road to the second entrance, which leads to the picnic grounds.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

11776 HIGHWAY 337
TIJERAS  NM  87059

Phone Number:

Information:  (505)281-3304
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