Pine Flat picnic sites A & B is an accessible picnic area. It is located on State Highway 337 (James McGrane Memorial Highway or Old South 14) approximately 7 miles from I-40. State Hwy 337 runs parallel to Pine Flat picnic area making it easy to identify and enter. From the entry way to your left you will find two reserve only sites. The area is surrounded by pinon, juniper, scrub oak and ponderosa pine that lend shade to both reservation areas. Cool mountain breezes are common here. The sound of rustling foliage render Pine Flat picnic sites an excellent place to lean back, relax and maybe even take a nap. Each site can accommodate fifty people.
Pine Flat Trailhead has pull through trailer parking in addition to regular vehicle parking, which is located to the right as you enter the gate. Follow the road south to the trailhead that leads into the Manzanita Mountains Trail system.
You will also find dispersed picnic tables throughout the Pine Flat sites, which are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Pine Flat Sites A & B were built in 1956 by the Forest Service with the intent to provide picnic sites for large group use. Please take care of your public land by using Leave No Trace ethics. There is no overnight camping at this site.
As you enter the area, to the left you will find two reserve only sites, A and B. Both sites have grills, tables, vault toilets and bear proof trash containers.
The trailering area for horse and motorcycle trailers is located to the right as you enter the gate. Follow the road south to the trailhead that leads into the Manzanita Mountains Trail system.
Dispersed picnic tables are available on a first-come, first-served basis. They are located throughout the area along the east side of the Pine Flat site.
Water and electricity, firewood/charcoal are not available at the site. Accessible vault toilets and bear proof trash receptacles are provided. Bears frequent the area; More about Bears and Food.
Have questions? (505) 281-3304.
The Sandia Ranger District is committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our agency and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation, and responding to current conditions. Forest visitors are expected to comply with the current New Mexico Public Health Order for COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions. Please visit here to obtain the current public health order. We appreciate your understanding during this unprecedented time and hope you will continue to enjoy the Cibola National Forest and Grasslands.
Trail Map: Manzanita Mountains Trail Map
Pine Flat picnic ground is 7,240 feet in elevation. It is fairly flat which makes it easy to park a trailer and unload your OHVs or horses. Hikes in the surrounding area can vary in elevation by approximately 50-120 feet.
The historic Cedro Cemetery and the town of Tijeras are about five miles from the picnic area.
Pine Flat connector trail leads to a multiuse motorized trail system. The trail system has loops and straightaways to satisfy just about any recreationist. For more information on OHV use, consult the District Motor Vehicle Use Map.
Sandia Ranger District 11776 HWY 337 TIJERAS NM 87059
For campground inquiries, please call: 505-281-3304
From Albuquerque, drive east on I-40 to Tijeras Exit 175; at the traffic light drive straight ahead and continue south for 7 miles on State Road 337 (James McGrane Memorial Highway). Look for the Cibola National Forest - Pine Flat Picnic sign on the east side of the road. As you enter the picnic site, look to your left. There you will find both reserve only sites A and B.