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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Fall Colors

Autumn Leaves - 4th of July Picnic Site

Manzano Mountains

As of 10/10/18, changes are happening fast. The Manzano Mountains are at about 70% of peak. The best road to view the changes is HWY 55 to FR55 through 4th of July campground. Please be aware that the weather is hard to predict and changes can occur suddenly.

Sandia Mountains

As of 10/4/18, the Sandia mountains are at about 70% of peak. The road to Sandia Crest provides beautiful views of the change. Ellis Trail, Survey Trail or the North Crest Trail to the Del Agua Lookout (largest Aspen Grove) provide great viewing opportunities as well.

Forest Plan Revision

Fourth of July Canyon

The Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands (Cibola) is revising its 1985 Land and Resource Management Plan for the Sandia, Mountainair, Magdalena, and Mt. Taylor Ranger Districts. Find out where we are in the process and how to get involved.

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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