About Us

Who are we?


Photo credit: Sam Beard

Friends of the Sandia Mountains (incorporated as New Mexico Friends of the Forest) is a (501)(c)(3) non-profit organization of local volunteers dedicated to working in partnership with the United States Forest Service, other groups and individuals to maintain, protect and restore the natural, cultural and scenic resources of forest lands for the enjoyment and wise use of present and future generations. Our focus is conservation and education within the Sandia Ranger District of the Cibola National Forest and adjacent lands.

Who are we not?

Friends of the Sandia Mountains is not a political activist organization. We are a service oriented group of volunteers dedicated to working in a close relationship with our US Forest Service partners.

What we do:


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  • Conservation
  • Education
  • Restoration
  • Site Stewardship
  • Wildlife and Habitat Monitoring
  • Trail Construction / Maintenance
  • Learning by Doing
  • Visitor Services
  • Fundraising


Read our annual newsletter to learn about our many year-round projects.

If you enjoy the outdoors in general and the Sandia or Manzanita mountains in particular and would like to give something back, there is a place for you in the Friends of the Sandia Mountains!


Photo credit: Sally Lowder