2016 SBWFA Schedule is now available!!
Please be advised that this year the SBWFA will not be accepting hard copy nomination forms. All registration and payments will be completed online through the SBWFA website. Student’s registration process and your acceptance into the SBWFA will not be finalized until registration and payment is complete.
Federal employees will still need to submit nominations through IQCS; however the registration process and your acceptance into the SBWFA will not be finalized until student has registered and paid online at the SBWFA website.
The 2016 Sierra Blanca Wildland Fire Academy
will be held in Ruidoso, NM February 7th thru 13th, 2016
Classes: 8 am – 5 pm daily
Briefing: 7:50 am daily
Check in: 7:00 – 8:00 daily
For a complete class schedule go here.
To register for a class go
Supervisors - if you need to pay for multiple
students you can go here.
The registration fees for the
- $50 for a refresher course or workshop
- $100 per class
- $150 for unlimited classes
A $50 fee will be added automatically to course fees after January 3rd, 2015
Students not paying by January 3rd will be dropped from courses.
When making reservations make sure they know
you are with the SBWFA. Ask for Government Rate.
All facilities offer a complementary breakfast.
The Lodge at Sierra Blanca:
Double Queen $75.00, King $95.00, and Suite $105.00.
This facility is next door to the convention
King or Double Queen $83 Sun to Thu; $129 Fri & Sat nights. Phone (575) 257-2007 or (866) 734-5197.
This facility is about 2.5
miles from the convention center.
Comfort Inn Midtown: King or Double Queen $77.00. Phone (800) 424-6423 or (575) 257-2770.
This facility is also about 2.5 miles from the convention center.
Ruidoso, New Mexico
Nestled in the mountains of the southern-most
Rockies, Ruidoso is a vibrant community with many
things to see and do.
At an elevation of 7,000 feet, outdoor recreation
is part of the over-all appeal of the area. Much
of the county, which is called Lincoln, is devoted
to the one million acre Lincoln National Forest,
and nature is the primary passion of the forest’s
many visitors. For the avid angler, local streams
and lakes are stocked at different times of the
year with rainbow trout.
Much of the mountain area is dotted with trails
for hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders.
All of them are easily negotiated. Several stables
provide rental horses at hourly or daily rates and
mountain bikes are available for rent. Big game
hunting opportunities abound, with deer, elk, bear
and turkey being the most sought-after game.
The 15,000 square foot Billy the Kid Casino, offers
a lot of fun for your money. The casino is located
next door to Ruidoso Downs Race Track which offers
live quarter horse and thoroughbred horse racing
from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
The Hubbard Museum of the American West houses
an extensive permanent collection and has an ever-changing
schedule of shows and activities. Featuring a magnificent
collection of carriages, wagons, saddles, fine art
and Indian artifacts, the role of the horse in the
American West is highlighted in great detail.
Many of the area’s terrific attractions are found
along the Billy the Kid National Scenic Byway in
what is called “Billy the Kid” country. This driving
loop circles through many of Lincoln County's communities,
allowing visitors the chance to see a wide range
of local topography, attractions, historic and artistic
The old West is more than a distant memory for Lincoln
County and the surrounding area. Just down the valley
from Ruidoso is the historic town of Lincoln. During
1878 and 1879, the citizens of this town experienced
a full fledged war between two opposing merchants.
Known as the Lincoln County War, this hard fought
conflict brought notoriety to a young gun slinger
called Billy the Kid. Today, old Lincoln, through
careful preservation and restoration, has emerged
as a visible reminder of the past. Within the town’s
limits are 11 state monuments, including four museums.
The museums pay tribute to the Lincoln County War,
Mescalero Apache Indians, the Buffalo Soldiers,
and of course, Billy the Kid.
After soaking up some history, you will be more
than ready to soak up some sun at one of the area’s
three public golf courses. Ruidoso’s only municipal
facility, the Links at Sierra Blanca, is a world
class, 18-hole course. The Scottish style course
is designed to be both challenging for the experienced
golfer and fun for the novice. Other notable area
courses include Cree Meadows Golf Course, the area’s
oldest and most established course, and the nearby
Inn of the Mountain Gods Golf Course which winds
around a man-made lake. An added advantage of the
courses in Ruidoso is that these courses are open
year ‘round, weather permitting.
Another attraction in the Ruidoso area is the spectacular
Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts. This state-of-the-art
hall features world class performers in a beautiful
setting. Set high on a mesa just outside of Ruidoso,
the Spencer Theater hosts Broadway shows, dance
troupes, and music from around the world.
When the snow starts to fly, all thoughts turn to
the ski slopes. Located 18 miles from town, Ski
Apache boasts New Mexico’s largest lift capacity
and runs the state's only four passenger gondola.
The ski season starts each November on Thanksgiving
Day and runs until early April (weather permitting).
Sierra Blanca peak has an elevation of 12,003 feet
and the ski summit is 11,500 feet. The base elevation
is 9,600 feet and the ski area features a vertical
drop of 1,900 feet. With an average annual snowfall
in excess of 15 feet, Ski Apache provides some of
the best warm weather powder skiing and snowboarding
in the world.
You’ll discover a variety of specialty shops and
boutiques throughout Ruidoso and Lincoln County.
Handmade clothing and other handcrafted items from
local artisans are unique to the area.
Special events have always been part of Ruidoso’s
year ‘round appeal. The Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium,
the nation’s premier cowboy gathering is held every
October. The Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium was
named one of the Top 100 Events in North America
for 2001 by the American Bus Association. The Golden
Aspen Motorcycle Rally brings over 20,000 motorcycle
enthusiasts to the area each September. Annual events
like Mountain of Blues Festival; Art Festival; All
American Festival; Aspenfest; and Oktoberfest offer
visitors the chance to celebrate.
Within easy driving distance of Ruidoso are many
spectacular attractions, including Smokey Bear State
Park, White Sands National Monument, the world’s
largest deposit of gypsum sand; the New Mexico Space
Museum & Omnimax Theater; Carlsbad Caverns,
one of the world’s largest cave systems; Valley
of the Fires Recreation Area, one of the United
States’ youngest lava flows; the historic ghost
town of White Oaks; Gran Quivira, the ruins of a
seventeenth century Franciscan church and Indian
Pueblo; Three River Indian petroglyph site and picnic
area; and the Mescalero Apache Indian Reservation.