Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands
The Cibola is spread far and wide across the width of New Mexico and into the grasslands of Texas and Oklahoma - the winter season varies so check with your local ranger district for the status.
The Enchantment of Forest, Wilderness and Grasslands
The Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands encompasses 1.9 million acres. The 4 “sky island” ranger districts: Sandia, Mountainair, Magdalena, and Mt Taylor cover more than 1.6 million acres in New Mexico with elevations range up to 11,301 ft. The Cibola also has four wilderness areas: Sandia Mountain, Manzano Mountain, Withington and Apache Kid and administers four National Grasslands: Black Kettle, McClellan Creek, Kiowa and Rita Blanca covering 263,261 acres in northeastern New Mexico, western Oklahoma and northern Texas.
Christmas tree permits allow people to cut down a Christmas tree from designated locations in our National Forests. Lifelong memories are built with family and friends during these special times. Permits go on sale Nov. 6. Fourth graders may be eligible for a free tree!
Prepare for Your Visit
Four season opportunities for visitors to the forests, wilderness and grasslands
Cibola area maps are available in all formats and for all devices. Plan ahead by mapping your adventure.
Check out what fees are required and what passes are available. Know before heading out.
Discover More about the Cibola
Learn more about how the Cibola is managed and cared for, including forest planning, travel management, grazing management and annual operating instructions (AOIs), assessments, and special projects.
In July 2022, the Cibola released a new, long-term plan that provides direction for the management for the Cibola National Forest’s four mountain districts.
Sandia Ranger District to Implement Sulphur Canyon RX Pile Burning
Release Date: Dec 4, 2023 505-346-3894
Crews Complete Ignitions on Capilla Prescribed Fire Pile Burning
Release Date: Nov 29, 2023
Please take some time to learn about these amazing volunteers.
Planning to visit the Cibola? Now you can purchase your day use pass on line! Save the hassle of finding cash for the fee envelope and instead purchase a digital pass through our partner, Recreation.gov. This pass can be used for all sites that charge a day use fee on Sandia Ranger District, and at Lake McClellan on Black Kettle Ranger District. Purchase your pass ahead of time or directly at the site when you visit; your license plate will be used to verify your purchase.
Congratulations to the Kiowa National Grassland and the Canadian River Riparian Restoration Project for their USDA Forest Service National Rise to the Future Award.
The Mountainair Ranger District is grateful for work done by Forest Stewards Guild Youth Corps including recreation site upgrades and trail work.
Be Bear Aware
Bear educational material.
Cougar educational material.