Cibola National Forest

The Cibola National Forest Comprises 1,633,783 of forested public land in central New Mexico.

Wilderness Areas

There are four Wilderness Areas within the boundaries of the Cibola: Apache Kid, Manazano Mountain, Sandia Mountain, and Withington. Read below for more information on each of these Wilderness Areas.

Apache Kid

Located in the San Mateo Mountains southwest of Socorro and to the northwest of Truth or Consequences, the Apache Kid Wilderness encompasses 44,668 acres of deep canyons, steep slopes, and jagged ridges. It is a place where savage and gentle beauty coexist.

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Manzano Mountain

The 36,664-acre Manzano Mountain Wilderness is located in north-central New Mexico, east of the Rio Grande. This Wilderness Area maintains its primitive qualities despite its proximity to the population centers of Albuquerque and the Rio Grande Valley.

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Sandia Mountain

Next door neighbor to Albuquerque, the 37,230-acre Sandia Mountain Wilderness is considered by many to be an "urban wilderness." It offers accessible and widely diverse outdoor recreation opportunities, including the experience of being in a true Wilderness.

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Withington

Comprising 18,813 acres, the Withington Wilderness consists of of arid, steep-sided volcanic mountains and is accessed by only two trails, both in narrow canyons through which tiny streams sometimes flow. Opportunities for solitude abound here.

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