Pine Flat Picnic Site

Cibola National Forest and Grasslands, Near Tijeras, New Mexico

Pine Flat Picnic Site does not offer reservations through Please take a look at the area details below for more information about visiting this location. Enjoy your visit!


Pine Flat Picnic Site is located on NM 337 (aka James McGrane Memorial Highway / Old South 14) approximately 7 miles south of I-40. NM 337 runs parallel to Pine Flat Picnic Site making it easy to identify and enter. It was built in 1956 by the Forest Service with the intent to provide picnic areas for large group use.

From the entry way to your left, there are 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. Each area can accommodate fifty people. Click here to make a reservation at

Located to the right, as you enter the gate, there are pull through trailer parking slots in addition to regular vehicle parking, dispersed picnic tables throughout the area (available on a first-come, first-served basis, no fee), and the Pine Flat Connector Trailhead & Trail which lead into the Manzanita Mountain Trails System.  It is 7,240 feet in elevation and is fairly flat, which makes it easy to park a trailer and unload your OHVs or horses.

Please refer to the Manzanita Mountains Trail System map to plan your course if you use the trailhead and trails.

Trail(s) open for the following uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Horseback Riding and OHV use.