Picturesque landscape of the Magdalena Ranger District.

Magdalena Ranger District, Forest Road 10

Know before you go

  • Is it open? For the latest information on what is open, check our website, or call the Ranger District. Visit less popular areas and discover somewhere new. Many maps are available on our website to assist you.
  • Is there a fee? Some developed recreation sites, such as campgrounds and day use areas, charge fees. Now you can purchase your day use pass for fee sites ahead of time! Find out more on our Recreation Passes Page.
  • How can I be a good steward? Some areas have reduced services; be prepared for no trash service or closed restrooms. Pack out your trash and if restroom facilities are unavailable, follow these best practices
  • What about Covid? Visitors are reminded to follow local public health guidelines regarding social distancing and to obey group size limits and other restrictions set under State law when visiting the Cibola.

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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