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 season varies so check your local ranger district for the status.
Panoramic view of the Sandia Mountain Wilderness. USDA Forest Service photo.
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.
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
Take part in a treasured New Mexico tradition! Christmas Tree Cutting Permits can be purchased for the Mt. Taylor, Magdalena or Mountainair Ranger Districts.
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.
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.
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.
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.