Doc Long Picnic Site

Area Status: Open
Pavilions at Doc Long

Doc Long Picnic Site is named for Dr. William Henry Long. He was one of three forest pathologists in the USA who conducted pioneering research of tree diseases.

"Doc" Long, worked in New Mexico from 1910 through the 1930's. He lived in a cabin on the site where the “furthest set,” rustic log pavilion is now. Pavilions ‘A’ and ‘B’ were added later.

The original pavilion and picnic ground were constructed in 1935 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, also known as the CCC. Their base camp was located a short distance down NM 536 and is now owned by the Boy Scouts of America.

Pavilions ‘A’ and ‘B’, which are replicas of the 1930s Civilian Conservation Corps design, are accessible and can accommodate up to 30 people. They are equipped with multiple picnic tables and grills. The site also features a playing field area near the group shelters and interpretive displays toward the interior of the site.

The Civilian Conservation Corps has a rich history and lasting presence throughout the Sandia Mountains. In their honor, we ask that you take extra care to “Leave No Trace” when you visit.

  • No Camping Allowed
  • Additional dispersed picnic areas, which do not require a reservation, are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each area can accommodate a small family group and have no covering. Tables and grills are provided.

At a Glance

  • Requires a reservation fee for each Pavilion A & B.
  • Go online to for reservations or call 1.877.444.6777; TDD: 1.877.833.6777.
  • Reservations can be made on the day of arrival or can be made up to 12 months in advance. There is a $40-60 fee to use this picnic area, $40 for a weekday, $60 for a weekend (Friday - Sunday) or holiday.  This fee includes 10 day use passes. A $3.00 fee will be charged at the Fee Station on the site for any remaining vehicles associated with your party, unless you have, and display, a Sandia Annual Pass or an America the Beautiful Interagency Pass.
  • Dispersed picnicking is permitted during summer and winter months.
Area Amenities: Accessible, Picnic tables, Toilets, Parking
Fees: Requires a fee or an amenity pass. If you do not have a pass, you may purchase one online, or look for the Pay Station on site. Envelopes for payment are in the box next to the fee tube. CASH OR CHECK ONLY at pay station.
Open Season: Seasonally
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Busiest Season: Spring through Fall
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet (2)
Passes: Click here to Purchase America the Beautiful Passes or contact the locations listed below.
  • 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
  • REI, 1550 Mercantile Ave NE; Albuquerque, NM 87107  (REI does not carry America the Beautiful Passes)
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center:
  • Facilities: Water and electricity, firewood/charcoal are not available at the site. Accessible vault toilets and bear proof trash receptacles are provided.
  • Recreation: There is access to hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding trails from Doc Long. Bill Spring Trail, Oso Corridor Trail, Faulty Trail and a short pathway leading to Sulphur and Cienega picnic sites are connected to Doc Long for easy access.
  • Wildlife:The Sandia’s are home to mule deer, black bear and many other species of wildlife and birds, including the red-tailed hawk, predator of the playful Abert’s squirrel, who is a year-round resident of the Doc Long site.
  • Natural Features: The picnic area is at an altitude of 7,360 feet. It is nestled in a dense forest of towering ponderosa pines and is surrounded by mountainous terrain.

General Information


From Albuquerque drive east on I-40 to Exit 175, proceed north toward Cedar Crest, on State Highway 14 approximately 6 miles to Scenic Byway 536. Go just over a mile west on Scenic Byway 536 to the picnic area and look for signage on your left. Group sites are in the two covered areas adjacent to the road.

Please, Do Not Park in front of any gates. Gates must be accessible at all times.

(MVUM) Official Motor Vehicle Use Map - North

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About the Civilian Conservation Corps

Obtain firewood near your destination and burn it on-site: Don't Move Firewood

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