Cedro Peak Camping Sites - Robin and Jay

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Cedro Peak Camping Site is a favorite area south of I-40 located in the Manzanita Mountains of the Sandia Ranger District. The campground is nestled in a pinon pine and juniper forest, amid the arid, hilly landscape and is at an elevation of about 7,400 feet. Refer to the map linked above.

There are two sites to choose from, Robin and Jay.

  • Jay can accommodate up to 100 people and 27 vehicles and has a circular turn around drive for those who might bring a small travel trailer.
  • Robin can accommodate up to 150 people and 41 vehicles.

Both have plenty of parking, room for outdoor games as well as access to the best trail system for mountain biking in the Cibola National Forest.

A variety of hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and off-road vehicle trails connect with the camping area. The region features more than 80 miles of single-track and equestrian trails. Mountain biking trails in the area can accommodate intermediate to advanced riders. The trails offer expansive views of the Sandia Mountains to the north, the Manzanos and the Cedro Peak Camping Area. Limited off-road vehicle trails are available as well.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: For public health and safety, this site is currently closed in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Reservations: Reservations can be made one year in advance. Available camping and events from May 15 - October 15.
  • Go online to Recreation.gov for reservations or call 1.877.444.6777; TDD: 1.877.833.6777.
  • Dispersed picnicking is permitted during summer and winter months.
  • When looking at the Recreation Map below: Jay Site (to the left, on the map) has a Loop and Robin does not.
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Fees The reservation price for both the Jay and Robin sites depend on the number of people (aka 'ppl') using the site.
  • Jay: (1-50ppl  = $60); (51-75ppl = $80); (76-100ppl = $100)
  • Robin: (1-50ppl = $60); (51-75ppl = $80); (76-100ppl = $100); (101-125ppl = $125); (126-150ppl) = $150
  • 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 15
Usage: Light
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilets (2)
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)
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


Cedro Trailhead:

From Albuquerque, drive east on I-40 to Exit 175. Drive south for about 4 miles on NM 337 aka James McGrane Memorial Highway. Look for the Juan Tomas/242 sign on the east side of the road. Turn east and follow the road until you reach Forest Road 252. Turn left and follow the road for about one mile. Follow the directional signs at the entrance, to your site.

(MVUM) Official Motorized Vehicle Use Map


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General Notes:
  • Each site is equipped with grills and tables, some of which are covered by picnic shelters.
  • Large campfire circles are also available.
  • Accessible vault toilets and bear proof trash receptacles are provided. Bears frequent the area; use appropriate containers for food and garbage.
  • Water and electricity, firewood/charcoal are not provided at the site.

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

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.

Prevent Bug Kill. Obtain firewood near your destination and burn it on-site: Don't Move Fire Wood

Trail Map: Manzanita Mountains Trail Map

Star Party info: Albuquerque Astronomical Society

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