Battleship Rock Picnic Site

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

This popular day use only picnic area is located where the San Antonio and East Fork-Jemez Rivers meet. The picnic area is named for the rock formation known as Battleship Rock. Open sun-up to sun-down, the picnic area is often full on weekends and holidays.

Battleship Rock is a 200 ft. tall natural land form of volcanic rock, resembling a Navy warship. It provides the backdrop and frames the picnic area. The East Fork Jemez and San Antonio Rivers join at the picnic area and offer a cool streamside environment for family picnics, fishing and hiking.

Uses: Picnic, hiking and fishing

Facilities: 33 picnic sites with grills and picnic tables are available for day use. Paved access and parking; restrooms and drinking water available. Universally accessible.

The trail head for the East Fork Trail (ForestTrail 137), as well as parking for groups with multiple vehicles is directly north of the picnic area off NM State Highway 4. No overnight camping is permitted at the pcnic area or near the trailhead.

Special Instructions: This picnic facility is designated as a reduced impact and recycle picnic area, visitors are encouraged to recycle and pack out trash. Cutting live vegetation is prohibited. Charcoal only in pedestal cooking grills.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Both loops are open, however drinking water will not be turned on until early May. The East Fork Trail (Forest Trail 137) is open with trailhead parking off NM State Highway, 4 a short driving distance above the turn-off to the picnic area.
Operational Hours: Day use only; no overnight camping.
Reservations: None. This picnic facilty is a first come-first serve facility. 
Rentals & Guides: None
Area Amenities: Accessible,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees $5/vechicle/day.
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Summer and Fall
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: Dogs must be leashed at all times while in picnic area.
Closest Towns: Jemez Springs where there are resturants and gift shops.  La Cueva where Amanda's Country Store is located.
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Vault Toilet (3)
Passes: America the Beautiful/Golden Age Passes.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Popular picnic, especially on weekends and holidays. Suggest that you arrive extra early during these times. Additional parking is located at East Fork Trailhead off NM State Highway 4. Hikers accessing the East Fork Trail will walk through the picnic area. Please be respectful to hikers. Please watch out for poison Ivy along the rivers, and if fishing pick up and dispose all line and hooks to protect children and wildlife.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

  • Reset Map
    Reset Map
Loading Icons...



Show detail SHOW


Show detail SHOW


Toilets Vault
Picnic tables 33 and 1 Family Pavillian
Parking Paved
Fee charged for some activities $5.00/Day Use
Drinking water