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.
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 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.