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Cibola National Forest–Cienega Canyon Picnic Area

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Cibola National Forest
Cienega Canyon Picnic Area

Tijeras, New Mexico 87059
Cienega Canyon Picnic Area webpage
Cibola National Forest website

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Cibola NF–Cienega Canyon Picnic Area
Coordinates: 35.167564, -106.3801861
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About Cienega Canyon Picnic Area
Beautiful, shady, cool, and green are just a few words that recreationists have used to describe the Cienega Group Picnic area. It is fairly flat, accessible, semi-private, and accommodates up to fifty people. There are grills, bear-proof trash containers, and vault toilets provided and no shelter other than the surrounding shade trees. A stream, which draws birds and other wildlife, runs through the area.

Take a moment to enjoy the accessible interpretive trail along the nearby stream and meadow that provides a great learning experience in the area.

From Albuquerque, drive east on I-40 to Exit 175 to Cedar Crest. Follow N-14 (The Turquoise Trail) for approximately 6.5 miles, to NM-536 (Sandia Crest Scenic Byway). Turn left onto NM-536 and follow it for about two miles. Turn left at the Cienega and Sulphur Picnic Area sign. Stay to your left and follow the road for about .6 miles to the “T”. Turn right and continue until you reach the gated area to your right.
From Cienega Canyon Picnic Area webpage

About Cibola National Forest
The Cibola National Forest covers more than 1.6 million acres in New Mexico, with elevations ranging from 2,700 feet to over 11,300 feet. We have four ranger districts: Sandia, Mountainair, Magdalena, and Mt. Taylor. In addition, the Cibola has four wilderness areas: Sandia Mountain, Manzano Mountain, Withington, and Apache Kid.
From Cibola National Forest website