Welcome to the Cibola National Forest
and National Grasslands

Lake McClellan at Sunset

Lake McClellan at sunset      

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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Features

Redondo Prescribed Burn and Diener Canyon Fire

Questions and Answers and a Timeline of Events about the Diener Canyon Fire - a prescribed fire (prescribed burn) and three additional fires human-caused fires on the Mt. Taylor Ranger District the week of April 9, 2018. 


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.


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Spotlights

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

Film Permits

FILM Picture

National forests are popular locations for commercial filming