Welcome to the Southwestern Region

The Southwestern Region is 20.6 million acres. There are 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 region ranges in elevation 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.  map of forest locations »


Event Celebrating 50 Years of New Mexico’s Rivers and Trails

October 5-6th Event

2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers and National Trail System Acts - which protects our special rivers and unique historic and scenic trails.

Join us in Albuquerque for a celebration of milestones that helped protect NM’s natural and cultural resources.

Festivities start Friday 10/5, 7-9pm at the University of New Mexico, Keller Hall with a panel discussion on rivers, trails, and public lands.

The party continues Saturday 10/6, 10am-7pm at the National Hispanic Cultural Center with family-friendly recreation, conservation education activities, job outreach for youth ages 18 to 25, volunteer opportunities, music, and panel discussions.

Refreshments provided Friday and Saturday evenings, with food available for purchase on Saturday.

Find out more.

Every Kid In A Park

Every Kid in the Park logoEvery Kid in a Park is a nationwide program that encourages 4th graders to get outside and visit their federal public lands and waters by offering a free pass their entire 4th grade year.

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New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mouse

NM Meadow Jumping Mouse

Information on the listing of the New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mouse.  Summary and background information, links to projects and reference material.

Travel Management

[Photo] Rider on an ATV riding down a sand dune.

Information about off-highway vehicle use on national forests and grasslands.


Bark Beetle Outbreak

Information on bark beetle effects.

Discover the Forest

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Click here to access the "Discover the Forest" twitter page where you'll find suggestions, tips, camping recipes and much more....


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