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Cienega Picnic Area

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Number of Sites:
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Season
Open through Mon Oct 14 2013
Location
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GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
35.16972, -106.38417
35°10'11"N, 106°23'3"W

From Albuquerque, drive approximately 7 miles east on Interstate 40 to exit 175. Go about 7 miles north on Highway 14 to Highway 536. Go west on Highway 536 for just over a mile to the picnic area. Process a half-mile to the group site.

Basic Info
Total Sites:
1
A variety of hiking and horseback riding trails are available from within the picnic area, including one leading to the mountain crest. The nearly 10-mile round-trip trail winds through a fir forest, abundant with wildflowers. Much of the hike is in the shade, although the terrain can be rough. Day hikes are available along the route. In non-drought times, the trails follow a mountain stream with a beautiful travertine waterfall.

An accessible interpretive trail begins in the area and travels along the nearby stream and meadow. The Sandias are home to Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, mule deer, black bear and many other species of wildlife and birds, including golden eagles often seen soaring at the crest.

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