Oak Flat Picnic Area
Tijeras, New Mexico 87059
Oak Flat Picnic Area webpage
Manzinata Mountains Trails map
Cibola National Forest website
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The Oak, Yucca, and Locust Group Picnic Sites include a combination of three different picnic areas, plus Oak Flat Connector Trailhead, that border four communal playing fields suitable for all sorts of outdoor games.
The site is paved and accessible. It is a great place for play, rest, and recreation.
The picnic areas are surrounded by ponderosa pine forest, mixed with oak, piñon, juniper, and plenty of yucca plants — New Mexico’s state flower.
From Albuquerque: Drive east on I-40 to Exit 175 toward Tijeras. Drive south for 9 miles on NM-337 (James McGrane Memorial Highway). Look for the brown “Oak Flat – Cibola National Forest” sign, on the east side of the road. Turn left (east) onto Oak Flat Road and follow it for .39 miles until you reach the entrance on the left side of the road. Follow the directional signs at the entrance to your site.
From Oak Flat 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