Welcome to the Southwestern Region
Summer is Coming!
Longer days and brighter colors make summer a great time to get outdoors and discover Southwestern forests. Hike, bike, ride, or kick back and drink in the views...
Canyon Lake, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, AZ. USDA Forest Service photo.
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
The Southwest Region is brimming with opportunities for all kinds of outdoor recreation. There is something for everyone!
Plan for your next adventure by purchasing a map and browsing our publications. Maps can be purchased online or in-person.
Passes and Permits
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.
Field Guide to Insects and Diseases
Review our Southwestern Region Field Guide and learn about flora and fauna in the Southwest. A description for each insect and disease includes hosts, damage, symptoms, biology, and effects or impacts.
Southwestern Region Prepares to Resume Prescribed Fire Operations
With the lifting of the prescribed fire pause, the Southwestern Region is preparing to resume prescribed fire operations. Chief of the Forest Service Randy Moore released the US Forest Service National Prescribed Fire Review on September 8, outlining actions that Forest officials must take before prescribed fires can resume.
Caring for the Land
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.