Oak, Yucca, and Locust Group Picnic Sites


Area Status: Open
OAK FLAT PICNIC 2

The Oak, Yucca, and Locust Group Picnic Sites include a combination of three different picnic areas plus Oak Flat Connector Trailhead, that border four communal playing fields suitable for all sorts of outdoor games.

The site is paved and accessible. It is a great place for play, rest and recreation.

The picnic areas are surrounded by ponderosa pine forest, mixed with oak, piñon, juniper, and plenty of yucca plants -- New Mexico's state flower.

Initial plans for the development of the site began in 1957, yet it was not until 1963 that construction of the Oak Flat Picnic sites actually began. Oak Flat Picnic Area originally included six group picnic sites. There are now three. Oak Flat - Oak; Oak Flat - Yucca and Oak Flat - Locust.

NOTE: There is NO CAMPING ALLOWED OR AUTHORIZED in Oak Flat Picnic Sites/Area.

  • Oak Picnic area is the largest of the three sites in the Oak Flat Picnic Loop. It has a huge paved area with enough tables and grills to handle up to 800 people.
  • Yucca Picnic area has a shelter and can accommodate up to 60 people.
  • Locust Picnic area has a shelter and can handle up to 125 people.


Oak Flat Connector Trailhead is located past Locust picnic site, which is to your left when you enter the Oak, Yucca and Locust Group Picnic Area.

The sheltered areas are replicas of the 1930s Civilian Conservation Corps design. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) has a rich history and lasting presence throughout the Sandia District. In their honor, we ask that you take extra care to “leave no trace” when you visit.

This area is 7,660 feet above sea level, and is nice and flat. The Oak Flat Trailhead leads to the Manzanita Mountains Trails System Map which is a multi-user trial system shared by mountain bikers, hikers, horseback riders and 2 Wheel Motorized vehicles.

Once a month, from May to September, the Albuquerque Astronomical Society has a STAR PARTY in the Oak Flat Group Site.

WELCOME TO OAK FLAT OAK FLAT SITE LOCUST PG IN OAK FLAT YUCCA PG IN OAK FLAT Oak Flat Trailhead

At a Glance

Reservations: Reservations can be made by visiting Recreation.gov. or calling 877-444-6777. Reservations can be made on the day of arrival and can be made up to 12 months in advance.
Area Amenities: Accessible,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Fees: There is a $45-65 fee to reserve these picnic sites.
  • If you recreate on a regular basis in the Sandias or other national lands you might consider purchasing one of the America the Beautiful Passes or a Sandia Annual Pass at the locations listed below.
 
Open Season: May 15 - October 31
Usage: Light
Water: No
Restroom: Yes (accessible)
Passes: Click here to Purchase America the Beautiful Passes or contact the locations listed below. **Sandia Amenity Passes can be purchased at locations marked with asterisks.
  • **The Sandia Ranger Station, 11776 Highway 337, Tijeras, NM 87059, 505-281-3304
  • **The Cibola Supervisor's Office, 2113 Osuna Rd, Albuquerque, NM 87113, 505-346-3900
  • The SW Regional Office, 333 Broadway SE, Albuquerque, NM 87102, 505-842-3898 (does not carry $30.00 Sandia Amenity passes)
  • **REI, 1550 Mercantile Ave NE; Albuquerque, NM 87107  (REI does not carry America the Beautiful Passes)
CASH, CHECK, DEBIT OR CREDIT accepted
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information

General Notes:

Gate Keys: Each reservation comes with a Gate Key, which should be picked up at the Sandia Ranger Station, Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. There is a $10 deposit that will be refunded upon the return of our key. There is a ‘key drop box’ outside the door at the Sandia Ranger District. We are not open on weekends. Have questions? (505) 281-3304.

(MVUM) Official Motorized Vehicle Use Map

Albuquerque Astronomical Society - 'STAR PARTY' Schedule

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Directions:

From Albuquerque: drive east on I-40 to Exit 175 toward Tijeras, NM. Drive south for 9 miles on NM 337 (aka James McGrane Memorial Highway). Look for the brown "Oak Flat - Cibola National Forest" sign, on the east side of the road. Turn left (east) onto Oak Flat Road and follow it for .39 miles until you reach the entrance on the left side of the road. Follow the directional signs at the entrance to your site.

Please DO NOT park in front of any gates. They must be accessible at all times.


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Mountain Biking

Day Hiking

Viewing Wildlife

OHV Trail Riding

Group Picnicking

Amenities

Picnic tables:
Parking:
Toilets:
Accessible:

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Location

 
  Latitude : 
34.996558

  Longitude : 
-106.319601