Cibola Sportsman’s Club is owned and operated by the Corbett family who have hunting and fishing in their blood. Originally from Orange County, Robert “Bob” Corbett, Sr., spent many years hunting and fishing at the Salton Sea. A successful business man, The Sea was place where Bob could get away from it all and spend time with his favorite hunting buddies.
Unfortunately, Bob suffered a series of health problems in the mid 1980’s, having seven surgeries in less than two years. In 1986, his doctors gave him a year to live. He decided to take his three sons on one last hunt, this time to a place called Cibola. He fell in love with the area and soon decided to make it their second home. Fortunately, the doctors were wrong and Bob enjoyed another 20 years living and hunting in Cibola.
In 1988, with partner George Lennon, a long-time fishing guide from the Salton Sea, Bob established the Cibola Sportsman’s Club. He and his wife Sharon purchased acreage in Cibola directly adjacent to the Cibola National Refuge. With this prime location, the Club quickly gained a reputation for the finest hunting in the area.
Some years later, The Corbett’s purchased a large spread of land from the Bishop family, early settlers of the Cibola valley who first came to the area in the 1800’s. The land was dense with salt cedar trees and brush. The family worked together to clear the rugged land, build cabins, and turn it into a Sportsman’s paradise, now known as the South Ranch.