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Cibola National Forest- NM
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This month we’re visiting Cibola National Forest. Now, you may be asking yourself “there’s a forest in the middle of the desert?” The answer, Yes, there is a rather large one at that. Cibola National Forest is made up of 13 parcels of land, covering acreage in New Mexico, Texas, and parts of Oklahoma. There are 4 national forest districts and 2 National Grassland areas within the forests boundaries making up a whopping 1.6 million acres of land. That’s huge! The type of terrain varies from desert land, to forest, to mountain ranges and even some lakes and there are plenty of recreational opportunities within the forest for all types of outdoor adventures.
Within these 4 different wildernesses: Sandia Mountian, Manzano Mountain, Withington, and Apache Kid; you’ll witness the national forests natural beauty, unique watersheds and abundant wildlife. Day trips and backpacking trips are popular within Cibola National Forest. There are plenty of backcountry trails that are quiet and isolated from the general public lending to a peaceful jaunt through nature. The old woods offer up trails designed for mountain bikes, motorcycles and jeeps for the adrenaline junkies out there. Other paved trails are perfect for hiking and walking through the forest.
There is plenty of history associated with the Cibola National Forest. Within the vast expanse of land, chances are you’ll encounter old heritage sites. These are sites that have been preserved because of their history. Sites such as Indian pueblos, prehistoric ruins, ice caves, and lava flows are present in mostly parts of New Mexico and parts of Texas. You can obtain maps to these areas through the park ranger service. Some sites may not be accessible because of preservation reasons but you can look from a distance.
If the desert heat is too much for you, you can cool off in Bluewater Lake or McGaffey Lake in New Mexico; both located within Cibola National Forest. The lakes offer great opportunities for fishing, boating, and kayaking or canoeing.
Camping is available on the developed campgrounds within the forest. Tent and RV camping is popular, although some trailers may not be able to navigate the tight quarters from surrounding trees. You can call the ranger service for more information on which campsites work best. Back country camping is also a great way to get out and experience the nature and wildlife in a more private setting. The developed campgrounds have toilets, drinking water and picnic tables available for guest use; and most are located within an hour of the city of Albuquerque.
For more information on camping, day trips, or even just the history of Cibola National Forest, visit www.fs.usda.gov/cibola/
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