Juan Tabo Picnic Sites

Area Status: Open
Juan Tabo CCC Hidden Rock Shelter

Juan Tabo Picnic area is full of Civilian Conservation Corps (aka CCC) history.

The CCC was an early New Deal program begun by President Roosevelt in 1933 and continuing through 1942. During the great the Depression, The Civilian Conservation Corps employed young men across the nation, to work on projects to build and improve state and national forests and parks. Albuquerque, the Sandia Mountains, and the entire state of New Mexico gained facilities that are still used and enjoyed today.  The structures you see in the Juan Tabo area are almost 90 year old! They have truly stood the test of time.

Look for buildings, tables and grills created out of large rock, that blend into the landscape. They are tucked away in the boulders just waiting to be discovered and used. So, remember to bring a picnic and marvel at the beauty in the Sandias'.

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

NOTE: Consider purchasing a detailed map at the Sandia Ranger District, Supervisor's Office or Regional Office. Locations of these office locations can be found in the "Passes" info below.

Please refer to the Sandia Mountain Trails map to plan your course.

  • Cell phone coverage is not guaranteed
  • It is the recreationist’s responsibility to and follow the guidelines.
  • It is a multi-user area.
  • Trails area open for the following uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking, and Horseback riding.
Juan Tabo CCC Hidden Rock Pavilion Juan Tabo Rock Pavilion Juan Tabo Cloudy View Juan Tabo view from a rock house window Picnic Table wrapped around a tree Juan Tabo

At a Glance

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.
Usage: Light
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet (2)
Passes: The Cibola honors all types of America the Beautiful passes which are available for purchase at the Cibola Supervisor's Office and at all district offices. Day use passes can be purchased online. Sandia Annual Passes can be purchased At REI in Albuquerque, the Sandia Ranger Station and the Cibola Supervisor’s Office.
Operated By: US Forest Service

General Information


To get to Juan Tabo Picnic Site, take Tramway Blvd and drive to Forest Road 333, turn east toward the mountain, and follow the signs to the Juan Tabo Picnic Site. Please see the Recreaetion Map below. (Click on it and hold the mouse down to move the map; "roll" mouse to zoom in and out).

General Notes:

(MVUM) Official Motor Vehicle Use Map - North

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About the Civilian Conservation Corps

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


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6,500 - 6,700 ft