Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands

Winter Wonderland

The Cibola is spread far and wide across the width of New Mexico and into the grasslands of Texas and Oklahoma - the winter season varies so check with your local ranger district for the status.

Enjoy the Outdoors

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. ​ 

  • New Enchantment Pass

    the Enchantment Pass on a rustic wood holiday background with evergreens, gifts and string

    Is your New Year’s Resolution to get outdoors more? We can help! The new Enchantment Pass offers access to dozens of New Mexico National Forests’ recreation areas for one low annual fee of $40.

Prepare for Your Visit 

  • Recreation Sites

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    Four season opportunities for visitors to the forests, wilderness and grasslands

  • Find Your Way

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    Cibola area maps are available in all formats and for all devices. Plan ahead by mapping your adventure.

  • Passes & Permits

    Buy a pass or permit

    Check out what fees are required and what passes are available. Know before heading out.

Discover More about the Cibola

  • Caring for the Land

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    ​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.

  • The Cibola's New Land Management Plan

    Forest Supervisor Stephen Hattenbach signs the new land management plan

    In July 2022, the Cibola released a new, long-term plan that provides direction for the management for the Cibola National Forest’s four mountain districts.

  • Women in Wildfire Camp

    person in uniform performing brush clearing with a rake in an open area of forest

    The USDA Forest Service, Southwestern Region, offers Women in Wildfire Camps for career-focused women or other individuals to become temporary, seasonal employees, and on-call wildland firefighters. The Sandia Ranger District application period is December 23, 2023-February 1, 2024 and camp is March 8-11, 2024.