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Reservation & Picnic Areas

Enjoy your next family reunion, office picnic, club meeting, or wedding reception in a mountain setting. Three outdoor reservation areas are available for your next function. DUE TO RESTRICTIONS IN THE SIZE OF LARGE GROUP GATHERINGS, PICNIC AREA RESERVATIONS ARE SUBJECT TO CANCELLATION. WE WILL DO OUR BEST TO INFORM CITIZENS. MORE INFO AT Currently, masks are required in any public place and group gatherings are limited to five in number.

Fire Restrictions & Grills

For updated information about fire restrictions and the use of grills, call 311

Designated Picnic Areas with Grills

Kiwanis Reservation Area

Kiwanis Reservation AreaKiwanis Reservation Area is nestled in the picturesque Elena Gallegos Picnic Area. It is an outdoor facility with a sheltered picnic area that can accommodate up to 250 people. It is outfitted with 3 large coal grills; a recreation area with a volleyball net and a horseshoe pit; running water; electricity; restrooms; and access to the Elena Gallegos trails. This facility is available year-round.


There are 40 designated parking spaces for this area, including limited handicap access.

Contact for Reservations

You are now able to make reservations online. Please visit and set up an account.

If you do not have an account, accurate availability will not be displayed.  Though we experience a high volume of calls, we are here to help. Telephone: (505) 452-5202 Email: [email protected]

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Fee Rates

Group Size Weekends/Holidays Weekdays/Seniors Citizens Damage Deposit
1-50 $125 $50 $50
51-75 $150 $75 $75
76-100 $175 $125 $75
101-125 $200 $150 $100
126-150 $225 $175 $100
151-175 $275 $225 $125
176-200 $300 $250 $125
201-225 $325 $275 $150
226-250 $350 $300 $150

Double Shelter Reservation Area

Double Shelter Reservation AreaThis facility is also located in the Elena Gallegos Picnic Area and is perfect for small groups up to 50 people. The area offers two picnic tables, two coal grills, electricity, and is located near restroom facilities and trailheads. It also features a large amphitheater that is a popular area for school groups, public events and presentations. The facility is available year-round.

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Fee Rates

Group Size Weekends/Holidays Weekdays/Senior Citizens Damage Deposit
1-50 $50 $25 $50

Carolino Canyon Reservation Area

Carolino Canyon Reservation AreaThis 40-acre day use facility is nestled in the juniper-pinon forests of the East Mountains. It is located 9.5 miles south of I-40 on NM Highway 337. Take exit 175 on I-40 and head south until you see the signs for the facility. The area can accommodate up to 250 people and provides 2 separate picnic areas.

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Upper Picnic Area

The upper picnic area has a rustic shelter with a fireplace, tree-shaded tables, grills, restrooms, electricity and water. The area provides universal access with a paved nature trail.

Lower Picnic Area

The lower picnic area is just right for company picnics and extended family gatherings. It has a large shelter and shaded tables. Restrooms, water, and electricity are available.

Playing Field

A playing field is available for volleyball, tetherball, and/or horseshoes. It is available on a first-come, first-serve basis or shared with other users.


The facility is available May through September.

Fee Rates

For Upper or Lower Picnic Area (125 people maximum per area)

Group Size Weekends/Holidays Weekdays/Senior Citizens Damage Deposit
1-50 $100 $50 $50
51-75 $125 $75 $75
76-100 $150 $100 $75
101-125 $175 $125 $100

* For Both Picnic Areas (250 people maximum)

Group Size Weekdays/Holidays Weekdays/Senior Citizens Damage Deposit
126-150 $200 $150 $100
151-175 $250 $175 $125
176-200 $275 $200 $125
201-225 $300 $250 $150
226-250 $325 $275 $150

* Smaller groups may rent both areas, with a minimum fee of $200.