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Santa Clara River Reserve

Management Zones

Five management zones exist within the Santa Clara River Reserve (SCRR) to ensure that the planning goals of resource protection, open space protection, and quality visitor experiences are obtained. Each zone differs by the amount of actual (or future planned) experiences based on physical development, managerial controls, social interactions, and visual sensitivity. For more detailed information about these zones, please view the SCRR Recreation and Open Space Management Plan (ROMP).
 
Below is a brief description of each zone the restrictions and limitations you will encounter within each zone.
 
Zone 1: Urban Recreation
Highly Interactive Recreational and Educational Experience
Visitors will encounter others with a variety of goals and interests. There will be little opportunity for solitude. Sights and sounds of human activity will be likely at all times.
 
Restrictions
  • Motorized vehicle access by permitted users only and limited to designated routes.
  • Non-motorized trail access by posted use only; bikes and horses are limited to designated trails.
  • No paintballing.
  • No target shooting.
  • No littering, dumping, golf, archery, tree cutting, fires, or camping; camping at trailheads is prohibited.
  • Fires permitted in grills and provided fire rings.
  • Removal of natural materials (rocks, plants, etc.) is prohibited.
  • Defacing, damaging, removing, or altering in anyway of historic or prehistoric sites, artifacts, or objects is prohibited.
  • Trailhead use limited to daylight hours.
  • Competitive events prohibited; non-competitive events by permit only.
  • Commercial activities by permit only.
Zone 2: Rural Motorized
Relaxed Social Backcountry Experience
Established for the enjoyment of the backcountry by visitors on OHVs, noise levels are expected to increase.   The tendency toward relatively short routes will lead to using the zone for staging and/or connecting to other motorized routes in the area.
 
Restrictions
  • Motorized vehicle access on designated routes only.
  • No paintballing.
  • No target shooting.
  • No littering, dumping, golf, archery, tree cutting, or camping; camping at trailheads is prohibited.
  • Contained fires in designated areas only.
  • Removal of natural materials (rocks, plants, etc.) is prohibited.
  • Defacing, damaging, removing, or altering in anyway of historic or prehistoric sites, artifacts, or objects is prohibited.
  • Trailhead use limited to daylight hours.
  • Competitive events prohibited; non-competitive events by permit only.
  • Commercial activities by permit only.
Zone 3: Urban Protection
Interactive Educational Experience
Visitor groups of varying sizes will be encountered frequently, taking advantage of interpreted sites and other educational experiences.
 
Restrictions
  • No motorized vehicle access.
  • Non-motorized trail access by posted use only and limited to designated trails.
  • No paintballing.
  • No target shooting.
  • No littering, dumping, golf, archery, tree cutting, fires, or camping; camping at trailheads is prohibited.
  • Bicycles restricted to 10 mph.
  • Removal of natural materials (rocks, plants, etc.) is prohibited.
  • Defacing, damaging, removing, or altering in anyway of historic or prehistoric sites, artifacts, or objects is prohibited.
  • Trailhead use limited to daylight hours.
  • Competitive events prohibited; non-competitive (group size limited to 10) events by permit only.
  • Commercial activities by permit only.
Zone 4: Backcountry Recreation
Challenging Social Backcountry Experience
Visitor encounters with other groups may occur. Trails are more advanced, with some separation between user groups. The area is more remote and requires some self-sufficiency and outdoor skills.

Restrictions

  • No motorized vehicle access.
  • Non-motorized trail access by posted use only; bikes and horses are limited to designated trails.
  • No paintballing.
  • No target shooting.
  • No littering, dumping, golf, archery, or tree cutting.
  • Dispersed camping by foot, horse, or mountain bike; group size limited to 8.
  • Fires must be contained by suitable fire rings.
  • Removal of natural materials (rocks, plants, etc.) is prohibited.
  • Defacing, damaging, removing, or altering in anyway of historic or prehistoric sites, artifacts, or objects is prohibited.
  • Trailhead use limited to daylight hours.
  • Competitive (participants limited to 50) and non-competitive (group size limited to 20) events by permit only.
  • Commercial activities by permit only.
Zone 5: Backcountry Protection
Semi-primitive Backcountry Experience
Visitors can expect more solitude, but some sights and sounds from other visitors on mesa tops may be apparent. Conditions remain harsh and remote.
 
Restrictions
  • No motorized vehicle access.
  • Non-motorized trail access by posted use only and limited to designated trails.
  • No paintballing.
  • No target shooting.
  • No littering, dumping, golf, archery, tree cutting, fires, or camping; camping at trailheads is prohibited.
  • Bicycles restricted to 10 mph.
  • Removal of natural materials (rocks, plants, etc.) is prohibited.
  • Defacing, damaging, removing, or altering in anyway of historic or prehistoric sites, artifacts, or objects is prohibited.
  • Competitive events prohibited.
  • Commercial activities (group size limited to 12 within 1 hour)  by permit only.

Zone Map

ROMP


Santa Clara River Reserve trail marker showing management zone