GIS Datasets

Selected GIS datasets for the Southwestern Region are available for download from this page.

Use of most of these files requires GIS software such as ArcGISPro, ArcGIS, ArcView, ArcInfo or ArcExplorer. Most of these datasets are provided in ArcView shapefile (shp) format or File geodatabase format version 10x. ArcExplorer, a free, basic GIS software package available from ESRI will read the data in shapefile format and geodatabase format (ESRI and the ESRI Logo are licensed trademarks of Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc.). Some datasets will also have related tables that can be used with the geographic data. Tabular data will be in Microsoft Excel format. All files have been compressed with zip and can be uncompressed with programs such as WinZip, 7Zip, Windows 10. Be aware that some of the files are over 3 megabytes.

Some datasets are also available as KMZ (Google Earth) files. KMZ is a compressed version of KML (Keyhole Markup Language.) This is a format used by Google Earth to display geographic data. Google Earth is free and can be downloaded from Google. Google Earth is a trade mark of Google Corporation.

Additional descriptive information about the datasets is available through the Metadata link. These files meet the FGDC (Federal Geospatial Data Committee) standards for structure and content.


Please note the following disclaimer:

This product is reproduced from geospatial information prepared by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. By taking receipt of these files via electronic file transfer methods, you understand that the data stored on this media is in draft condition. Represented features may not be in an accurate geographic location. The Forest Service makes no expressed or implied warranty, including warranty of merchantability and fitness, with respect to the character, function, or capabilities of the data or their appropriateness for any user's purposes. The Forest Service reserves the right to correct, update, modify, or replace this geospatial information without notification. For more information, contact the Regional GIS Coordinator, (505) 842-3858.


GIS data is maintained at various levels (Forest, State, Region) depending upon the subject and type of data. Datasets are grouped below by their extent.

Region Level Datasets

Most datasets are Region Datasets with Forest data merged into a Regional dataset

Forest Level Datasets

We are in the process of moving data from Forest Level Datasets to Region Datasets. If you do not find the data, you are looking for under a Forest please try looking for that data in the Southwestern Region datasets.

Forest Locator Maps

These maps of the Region depict how the National Forests and National Grasslands are laid out across the Region. The Southwest Region of the Forest Service consists of eleven administrative National Forests in Arizona and New Mexico, and Four National Grasslands located in New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. The Grasslands are administrated by the Cibola National Forest.

National Forests of the Southwest Region

National Grasslands of the Southwest Region - Administrated by the Cibola National Forest



Datasets for New Mexico

Key Contacts