Battleship Rock Picnic Site

Area Status: Open
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This picnic area is located where the San Antonio and East Fork-Jemez Rivers meet. The picnic area is named for the nearby rock formation known as Battleship Rock. Open sun-up to sun-down, the picnic area can be busy on weekends and holidays.

Battleship Rock is a 200-foot tall natural land form of volcanic rock, resembling a Navy warship. It provides the backdrop and frames the picnic area. The East Fork Jemez and San Antonio Rivers join at the picnic area and offer a cool streamside environment for family picnics, fishing and hiking.

Uses: Picnic tables, day hiking, and fishing.

Facilities: 33 picnic sites with grills and picnic tables are available for day use. Paved access and parking. Waterless restrooms available. Universally accessible.

The trailhead for the East Fork Trail (Forest Trail 137), as well as parking for groups with multiple vehicles is directly north of the picnic area off NM State Highway 4. No overnight camping is permitted at the picnic area or near the trailhead.

Special Instructions: Cutting live vegetation is prohibited. Only charcoal is allowed in the pedestal cooking grills.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Picnic Area is open for the 2024 season
Operational Hours: Day use only. No overnight camping.
Reservations: Day use only on a first come first serve basis
Area Amenities: Accessible, Fee charged for some activities, Picnic tables, Toilets, Parking
Fees: $5.00 per vehicle per day. The New Mexico Enchantment Pass and Interagency Passes are accepted. 
Open Season: May - November
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Summer and Fall
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: Dogs must be leashed at all times while in picnic area. Picnic area closes for use at dusk each day. 
Closest Towns: Jemez Springs, NM
Water: No potable water
Restroom: Vault Toilet (3)
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: The picnic area is located approximately four miles north of the Village of Jemez Springs on NM State Highway 4. This is a popular picnic area - especially on weekends and holidays. Suggest that you arrive extra early during these times. Additional parking is located at East Fork Trailhead off NM State Highway 4. Hikers accessing the East Fork Trail will walk through the picnic area. Please be aware of poison Ivy along the rivers, and if fishing, pick up and dispose all line and hooks.

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Picnic tables: 33 and 1 Family Pavilion
Fee charged for some activities: $5.00 per vehicle
Parking: Paved
Toilets: Vault

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