The Cibola National Forest is located in the center of New Mexico.
Where is this Forest?


Fall Colors on the Cibola

The Cibola National Forest and  National Grasslands are located in New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma and are part of the Southwestern Region.

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.

The Cibola also administers four National Grasslands: Black Kettle, McClellan Creek, Kiowa, and Rita Blanca, which cover 263,261 acres in northeastern New Mexico, western Oklahoma, and northern Texas.

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Forest Plan Revision

Sandia Mountains in winter

Until recently, management of the four National Grasslands and four mountain districts was guided by the 1985 Cibola National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan. A new, separate plan for the National Grasslands became effective October 16, 2012. The Grasslands plan and Final Programmatic EIS were developed under the provisions of the 1982 Planning Rule.

The assessment phase of forest plan revision for the "mountain districts," the Sandia, Mountainair, Mount Taylor, and Magdalena Ranger Districts—is underway. Please see our forest plan revision webpage.

Travel Management

Red Jeep traveling on a road

The Forest Service released the final rule for managing recreational off-highway vehicle (OHV) use on the national forests and grasslands in November 2005. The rule provides a framework for each national forest to identify and designate roads, trails, and areas suitable for motorized use. It also prohibits use of motor vehicles off the designated system. The rule was developed to address the threat of unmanaged motorized recreation to the health of the nation's national forests and grasslands.

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Mt. Taylor Yesterday & Today

The Cibola National Forest's Mt. Taylor Ranger District is rich with history and has a lot of exciting things going on today.

Fire Information

photo of two hot shots fighting a fire

All About Fire: Information and Resources


Be Bear Aware

Bear education material.

Cougar Country

Picture of Cougar

Cougar education material

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