Picturesque landscape of the Magdalena Ranger District.

Magdalena Ranger District, Forest Road 10

Know before you go

To protect public health and safety due to Covid-19

  • Many developed campgrounds and picnic areas are closed; however, the forest has many open dispersed camping and trails opportunities. For the latest information check our website, the Interactive Visitor Map or call the local Ranger District office prior to visiting.
  • Be a good steward. Many areas have reduced services; be prepared for no trash service or closed restrooms. Make arrangements to use the restroom before and after your visit to the forest, and follow leave no trace principles for burying human waste.  Pack out your trash.
  • Remember to follow current campfire restrictions.
  • Respect social distance. Stay at least 6 feet away from other visitors and visit in groups of five or less people.
  • Visit less popular areas and discover somewhere new. Many maps are available on our website to assist you.
  • Bring hand sanitizer!  The majority of Forest sites do not offer hand-washing facilities. Use hand sanitizer frequently after touching surfaces.  Hand sanitizer should be at least 60% alcohol.

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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Restricted Areas - Closed Developed Recreation Sites in The Southwestern Region

To protect public health and safety, and the health and saftey of our employees and volunteers, and reflecting federal and state guidance to limit the spread of COVID-19, developed recreation sites are currently closed and group sizes are limited in other areas. 

Heading outdoors to get a break from being in the house?

Tips for treading lightly at a distance

An adaptation of the TREAD Principles by Tread Lightly!

We've adapted the T.R.E.A.D Principles for social distancing outdoors to align with the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help slow the spread of the disease and maintain physical and emotional health. Please help us keep the outdoors and enthusiasts healthy by following these easy guidelines.

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Mountainair RD is grateful for work done by Forest Stewards Guild Youth Corps

FSYC crew members repair metal bin

This fall on the Mountainair RD this FSYC crew prepared areas for prescribed burns and implementation, recreation site upgrades and performed trail work across the Mountainair Ranger District.

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


Forest Vicinity Map. Link opens in a Pdf Document