Cibola County

Cibola County is located in west central New Mexico; its western border coterminous with the Arizona border.

The County is a diverse in terms of its physical setting, economic activity, and land ownership. Created in 1981 from Valencia County, Cibola County encompasses an area of approximately 4,540 square miles and a population of 27,213 (2010). The City of Grants is the County seat.

Cibola County sits entirely within the Colorado Plateau physiographic region with elevations from 5,460 feet to 11,300 feet (Mount Taylor). The County encompasses open rangeland, broken terrain, escarpments, plateaus, mesas, and mountainous areas with the Malpais lava beds in the central region. The Continental Divide runs roughly north to south through the western half of the County. Precipitation varies from as little as seven (7) inches to twenty-five (25) inches in the mountainous areas east of Mount Taylor.

Economic activity derives from tourism (national forest areas, wilderness areas), entertainment and lodging (casinos, various events such as the Seven Trails of Gold, Octoberfest, etc.), mining activity, agriculture, and the service sector (retail and healthcare are major employers). Interstate 40 runs through the county along with U.S. Route 66, BNSF provides rail transport, and the Grants Milan Airport offers regional flight service.

Land Ownership is characterized by the amount of land owned or controlled by the Pueblos (Acoma, Laguna, and Zuni), the Ramah and To’hajiilee Navajo Chapters, the federal government, State of New Mexico, and private land (less than one-third of the land area of Cibola County). Most of the County is rural in nature with only two major urban centers, Grants and Milan, together with a number of smaller designated places such as San Rafael, Bluewater Village, Fence Lake, Cubero, and San Mateo.

Upcoming Events

First Line Supervisor – 40 hour Training @ Dona Ana County Sheriff's Office Training Room
Jul 15 @ 8:00 am – Jul 19 @ 5:00 pm

This training is intended for Sheriff, Detention Staff, Firefighters, and Emergency Medical First Responders in supervisor and leader roles.  Course is free to NMC Law Enforcement Insurance Pool Members.  Non-pool members may inquire about attending (pending availability) for a fee. See attached flyer for more details.

40 First Line Supervisor Flyer July 2024 Las Cruces



Instructor Development (Train the Trainer) @ Bernalillo County, Albuquerque, NM
Aug 19 @ 8:00 am – Aug 23 @ 5:00 pm

This weeklong class will give you the foundation to become a professional and dynamic instructor.  You will learn the principles of learning and teaching, and the qualities of a good instructor.  Course is free to NMC Law Enforcement Insurance Pool members.  Non-members may inquire about attending (pending availability) for a fee. Course detail in attached flyer.

TRAINING FOR TRAINERS – Albuquerque August 2024


ADVANCED-40-hour Crisis Intervention Training @ Bernaillo County, Albuquerque, NM
Sep 16 @ 8:00 am – Sep 20 @ 5:00 pm


This training is intended for Sheriff Deputies, Detention Staff, Firefighter and Emergency Medical First Responders.  Course is free to NMC Law Enforcement Pool members.  Non-pool members may inquire about attending (based on availability) for a fee. See attached flyer for more details.


Advanced CIT Albuquerque -Sept 2024

Employment Opportunities

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