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Two volunteers sweeping the nature trail at Cienega Picnic Area

Who are we?

Friends of the Sandia Mountains (incorporated as New Mexico Friends of the Forest) is a (501)(c)(3) non-profit organization of local volunteers dedicated to working in partnership with the United States Forest Service, other groups and individuals to maintain, protect and restore the natural, cultural and scenic resources of forest lands for the enjoyment and wise use of present and future generations. Our focus is conservation and education within the Sandia Ranger District of the Cibola National Forest and adjacent lands.

Who are we not?

Friends of the Sandia Mountains is not a political activist organization.

We are a service oriented group of volunteers dedicated to working in a close relationship with our US Forest Service partners.

What we do:

  • Conservation
  • Education
  • Restoration
  • Site Stewardship
  • Wildlife and Habitat Monitoring
  • Trail Construction / Maintenance
  • Learning by Doing
  • Visitor Services
  • Fundraising



A Tijeras Pueblo sign

About the Friends of the Tijeras Pueblo...

The Friends of Tijeras Pueblo is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, all volunteer organization that, in partnership with the Sandia Ranger District, seeks to promote understanding, awareness, appreciation and protection of archeological resources throughout the Cibola National Forest. Developing and implementing educational programs and activities and the facilities that house them are paramount to our organization's efforts to provide an environment where visitors, children and adults alike, can learn about archeology and the ancestral pueblo culture of the East Mountains.

The Friends of Tijeras Pueblo, in partnership with the USDA Forest Service, host a variety of activities and events including site tours, classroom outreach, monthly lectures/programs and summer demonstrations and workshops.  Volunteers are always needed for these activities.  We need folks to act as hosts for our new Interpretive Center, allowing public or private visits, and/or just to keep it open for regular "available" or "drop-in" hours.