Cibola County is the newest county in New Mexico established in 1981 with the county seat located in Grants, NM. The county is located in the mid-western part of New Mexico approximately 70 miles west of Albuquerque with an elevation of 6,520 feet above sea level. Cibola County has a total land area of 4,539 square miles, which includes 656,743 acres of federal land, 229,746 acres of state land, and 689,551 acres of tribal land. Cibola County has a total population of 27,272 which is comprised of 39.6% white, 40.3% Native American and 33.4% Hispanic. Most employment is with small industries such as the paper mill, Lee Ranch Coal Mine, and 3 prisons. The Acoma Pueblo and Laguna Pueblos are located in the County along with part of the Navajo Reservation. Cibola County has an abundance of attractions including the El Morro and El Malpais National Monuments plus the Sky City at Acoma, the Ice Caves, Bandera Crater, Chaco Canyon, and the Mining Museum.
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