Welcome to the Southwestern Region

Expect Adventure

Explore the diverse landscapes of southwestern forests, from red rock desert to alpine vistas. Go at your own pace and just enjoy!

Find a Forest Near You

Carson National Forest. Hikers on Trail 164B, which connects the South Boundary and Ojitos trails. USDA Forest Service photo by Zach Behrens.

The Southwestern Region covers more than 20.6 million acres, boasting 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 elevation ranges from 1,600 feet above sea level and an annual rainfall 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.

  • Find a Getaway

    cabin on the kaibab national forest

    The Southwest Region is brimming with opportunities for all kinds of outdoor recreation. There is something for everyone!

  • Be Prepared

    Dirt road and dandelions through an aspen grove at High Country Ranch

    Plan for your next adventure by purchasing a map and browsing our publications. Maps can be purchased online or in-person.

  • Passes and Permits

    person launches a canoe on a river in the coconino national forest

    Most national forest system lands are open, free of charge for your use and enjoyment. Several types of passes and permits exist for sites that require fees, and for commercial and special uses.

  • Caring for the Land

    Image of Nambe Falls

    In the Southwestern Region, the Forest Service is tasked with managing public lands brimming with natural resources and diverse wildlife. The Forest Service works to protect at-risk species like the Mexican spotted owl and New Mexican jumping mouse, ensure forest health through safe logging and grazing practices, and restore critical ecosystems.


Land Auction - 17 Acres - Maricopa County, Arizona

Tonto National Forest: The U.S. General Services Administration will be auctioning off 17 acres of vacant land known as the Cave Creek administrative site beginning Monday, August 15, 2022, at 11 a.m. Central Time. Details and registration are available for download in the Invitation for Bids.

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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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