Las Huertas Picnic Site

Sandia Park, New Mexico

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Overview

Las Huertas was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. It is located at the northeast end of the Sandia Ranger District. It is, understandably, a favorite place for many. Las Huertas Creek meanders year round through this recreation site. Pathways and foot bridges lead over the water and through the trees to dispersed picnic tables and grills that are tucked away in the woods. The group site pavilion is a replica of the 1930s Civilian Conservation Corps design.

Las Huertas was a side camp for the Civilian Conservation Corps from 1933 to 1941. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) has a rich history and lasting presence throughout the Sandias. In their honor, we ask that you take extra care to leave no trace when you visit. Please note that overnight camping is not allowed.

Recreation

Picnicking and bird watching are favorite pastimes at this site.

Facilities

Drinkable water and electricity, firewood /charcoal are not available at the site. Accessible vault toilets and bear proof trash receptacles are provided.

The accessible picnic site has a covered shelter that can accommodate up to 30 people. It is equipped with multiple picnic tables and grills. Accessible vault toilets are provided.

PARKING: Each reservation comes with ten (10) day use parking passes which should be picked up before hand, at the Sandia Ranger Station, Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., (505)281-3304.

Additional dispersed picnic sites, which do not require a reservation, are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each site can accommodate a small family group and have no covering. Tables and grills provided.

Natural Features

The site is located on the east side of the Sandia Mountains, at an elevation of 7,600 feet. Las Huertas is adjacent to the only year-round stream in the range and can be heard throughout the picnic area. The water draws birds and other wildlife to the picnic grounds. Aspen and fir trees surround the area, providing shade from the sun.

Nearby Attractions

Sandia Man Cave is a short drive north. The parking lot for the cave is on the right or east side of the road. No fee is required. The town of Placitas is approximately 6-7 miles north and offers restaurants and a few gift stores. Bernalillo is not far away with hotels and other amenities.

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