Manzanita Rec Zone Dispersed Camping Sandia RD

Area Status: Open

Sandia Ranger District has several options for Dispersed Camping (also known as "DC").

Forest Road 462DC1; Forest Road 542 DC1 through Forest Road 542 DC4; Forest Road 242 DC1

Please consult the Manzanita Mountains Trail System Map  to find a dispersed site. Look for Motorized Dispersed Camping info in the bottom left portion of the map. **When looking for the Dispersed Camping Sites, look for small, rectangular boxes with a site number in it and a pointer that directs you to the site. 

  • There are NO AMENITIES at these sites.
  • Cell phone coverage is not guaranteed.
  • It is the recreationist’s responsibility to use a map if you choose to explore the area.
  • It is a multi-user area.
  • Trail(s) that are associated with each dispersed site are open for the following uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking, 2 Wheel Motorized Vehicles and Horseback Riding.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open, Weather Permitting.
Fees: These areas do not require an amenity fee.
  • 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: Open year round
  • 14 day limit on camping stay.
  • Be aware of Fire Restrictions: or call the Sandia Ranger District for Fire Information @ 505-281-3304
  • Dogs must be leashed
Closest Towns: Tijeras, NM
Water: No
Restroom: No
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: US Forest Service
Information Center: Sandia Ranger District - 505-281-3304 11776 Hwy 337, Tijeras, NM 87059


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