U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
San Pedro Riparian
National Conservation Area
Permits, Fee, Limitations
Overnight backcountry camping permits are required. Permit fees are $2 per person per night. Campfires are permitted only in designated areas. The permit fee is $2.00 per person per night, and camping is limited to seven consecutive nights in any one location, unless otherwise authorized. Day use throughout the NCA is free; no permit is required. Commercial operators are required to secure special authorization prior to their planned visit. Firearm use is permitted only for regulated hunting, and only in certain areas. A hunting permit from the Arizona Game and Fish is required. Contact BLM for specific information on hunting.
Wheelchair-accessible restrooms are available at the San Pedro House, and other accessible trails are under construction.
Camping and Lodging
Only backcountry camping is available, and a permit is required. Overnight camping is allowed in backcountry areas, but not in parking areas. Permits are required for overnight camping and are available seven days a week from the "self service pay stations" at all visitor parking areas. Lodging is available in Sierra Vista, Tombstone and Bisbee.
Food and Supplies
Food and supplies are available in the surrounding communities of Sierra Vista, Tombstone, Whetstone, and Bisbee (approximately 10 miles east), Hereford (within the San Pedro Riparian NCA), and Palominas (within the San Pedro Riparian NCA).
There is no first aid on-site. The nearest hospital is in Sierra Vista, AZ.
The San Pedro River is subject to seasonal flooding, and summer monsoons are common. Birdwatching is best in the spring and fall. Picnic facilities are available at Fairbank (within the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area) and at the San Pedro House. Visitors should call ahead for the schedule of guided walks, hikes and children’s programs. The San Pedro gift shop/bookstore is open from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily. The region is a travel corridor for illegal immigrants traveling from Mexico. Visitors are asked to please report all suspected illegal activities to BLM or local law enforcement authorities and stay safe by avoiding contact with persons exhibiting suspicious behavior or engaged in dangerous activities.
San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area