Welcome to the Southwestern Region

With thousands of recreation opportunities spread across six national forests in Arizona, five national forests and a national grassland in New Mexico, and one national grassland each in Oklahoma and the Texas panhandle, the Southwestern Region is covers more than 20.6 million acres. The elevation ranges from 1,600 feet above sea level and an annual rain fall of 8 inches in Arizona's lower Sonoran Desert to 13,171-foot high Wheeler Peak and over 35 inches of precipitation a year in northern New Mexico.

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Lincoln National Forest technician creates innovative resource for lost visitors

Forest Technician Sam stands next to a trickle tank

Sam, a Forestry Technician with the US Forest Service, is on a mission to save lost hikers and hunters on the Guadalupe Ranger District (or at least help them save themselves) through turning existing structures known as "trickle tanks" into orienteering tools. 

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Photo Contest Winners!

A stunning photo of the Milky Way over the San Juan National Forest in Colorado earn

What if the top prize for the 2020 National Park Foundation Photo Contest was taken on a National Forest?  Do you need more proof that National Forests are the best public lands?  Third prize not only went to a photo taken on a  National Forest - it was taken on Region 3's very own Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. 

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