Spanish Queen Picnic Site

Area Status: Open

This popular picnic area is located in the scenic San Diego Canyon, with spectacular red rock canyon and mesa views. Come prepared for warm days and cool evenings during the summer months and cold temperatures during the winter. The Jemez River offers excellent fishing opportunities (valid State fishing license required) and wildlife viewing. Fishing is best during the winter months. Located about five miles south of Jemez Springs on the Jemez Mountain Trail National Scenic Byway (NM HWY 4).

Uses: Picnics, hiking and fishing.

Facilities: The picnic area has 12 picnic sites, most have direct access to the Lower Jemez River. Each picnic site has a table and grill and many have shade canopy. Vault toilets. No drinking water available.

Special Instructions: Fishing along the Lower Jemez River is best during winter months. Clean fish away from picnic and parking area. Cutting live vegetation is prohibited. Charcoal only in pedestal grills.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Day use only; no overnight camping. Overnight camping is a short distance away at Vista Linda Campground.
Fees: $5 per vehicle per day. This site accepts the New Mexico Enchantment Pass and Interagency Passes.
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Best Season: Summer and Fall
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: Dogs must be leashed at all times while in picnic area.
Closest Towns: Jemez Springs
Water: No drinking water available
Restroom: Vault Toilet (1)
Operated By: Forest Service

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