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


Road into Cibola National Forest in the Fall

The Cibola National Forest and 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.

Recent News


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.

The Cibola's Four Wilderness Areas

2014 is the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act!

50th Wilderness Act Lecture Series in Bernalillo County.

Check out this video about the 50th Wilderness Anniversary!

The United States was the first country in the world to define and designate wilderness areas through law when the Wilderness Act of 1964 was passed in a nearly unanimous vote. By doing so, Congress enacted landmark legislation that permanently protected some of the most natural and undisturbed places in America.

The Cibola National Forest and Grasslands has four Congressionally-designated Wilderness Areas. 

For more information about the Wilderness Act and the activities planned, go to: Wilderness 50 Years 

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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.

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Bear education material.


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photo of two hot shots fighting a fire

All About Fire: Information and Resources

Cougar Country

Picture of Cougar

Cougar education material

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