New Mexico Guide for Tourist


This National Forest consists of a number of dispersed tracts in central and western New Mexico. Portions of several mountain ranges fall within the forest boundaries. Highest point is 11,301-foot Mount Taylor.

There are also deep canyons with sheer cliffs, rock formations, open mesas, and plains. Vegetation includes forests of mixed conifers and aspen, areas of pinyon-juniper, and open meadows. Elk, black bear, deer, mountain lion, and bobcat are among the wildlife.

Cibola has four designated wilderness areas: the 44,650-acre Apache Kid Wilderness, the 37,232-acre Sandia Mountain Wilderness, the 36,400-acre Manzano Mountain Wilderness, and the 19,000-acre Withington Wilderness.

Activities: About 270 miles of trails are available for backpacking and hiking. Difficulty ranges from easy to strenuous. A section of the as-yet-uncompleted Continental Divide Trail will cross the forest.

Horseback riding is allowed on most trails, as is mountain biking except in wilderness areas. Cross-country skiing is a cold-weather option at higher elevations. Very limited fishing is possible here. Hunting is permitted in season.

Camping Regulations: Camping is allowed with few restrictions throughout the National Forest, except near public use areas or where posted otherwise. No permits are required. Campfires are legal except during periods of high fire danger. Bringing a stove is strongly encouraged.

For Further Information: Cibola National Forest, 2113 Osuna Road NE, Suite A, Albuquerque, NM 87113; (505)761-4650.

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