About The Park
45 minutes away from Santa Fe, the Pinon Park Splash Pad is worth the drive. Located in White Rock, it’s just minutes away from Bandelier National Monument.
The free splash pad is a great way to entertain the kids during the heat of the summer. The park is open from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend. The water is on from 10 am-7 pm.
A pavilion with picnic tables is just across a small footbridge from the splash pad–perfect for birthday parties. If kids get bored or cold at the splash pad, a playground, disk golf course, tennis court, and skatepark are just next door.
And if that’s not enough, the White Rock Branch Library is in the same complex. The library has children’s programs that can help entertain the kids.
The best part…all of these activities are free!
Next to the park is a family-friendly restaurant with superb mac-and-cheese called Pig and Fig. This park/complex makes a great day trip for the entire family!
- Full Bathrooms
- Free parking
- Playground for kids ages 2-12
- Shaded Picnic Table Pavilion
- Changing Room
- Paved/ Unpaved Walking Trail
- Tennis Courts
- Disc Golf Course
- Skate Park
The Splash Pad
The designers of the Pinon Park Splash Pad had kids of all ages and abilities in mind. Even though it’s a small splash pad, there is something for everyone. There are small water tables for toddlers, water-spouting rocks for babies, and a huge overhead bucket for the big kids. The no-slip pad has no lip which gives wheelchairs easy access.
There are two shaded picnic tables directly next to the splash pad that allow kids to take a snack break and get back into the action. Additional seating in the form of a brick wall with shade umbrellas is a great place to put wet towels on the hot concrete to warm up. There are also two unshaded benches along the side of the pad.
There is a small changing room beside the picnic table area. The room has a changing table for babies and a stone bench for other changers.
Pinon Park’s original name was Rocket Park. In tribute to its origins, a rocket from the original park overlooks the play equipment.
Two new rocketship structures are located next to a two story play structure and a swing set. Shade trees inside the playground area overshadow benches. A fence runs along the parking lot so kids can’t easily escape the play area.
The park’s swing set has two baby seat swings and two traditional swings.
Picnic Tables and Benches
Each of the play areas has shaded benches.
The center of the park features a pavilion with moveable picnic tables. The pavilion space can be reserved for birthday parties while the splash pad itself cannot. More details about reservations can be found at the Los Alamos County website.
The park is not heavily landscaped. Instead, the park designers relied on the natural pinon to give it most of it’s greenery.
There are handicap-accessible restrooms with running water toilets and sinks in the center of the park complex.