BLM Arizona COVID-19 Facility Updates

The Department of the Interior’s current COVID-19 policy incorporates CDC guidance. As CDC science-based guidance changes, our policy will adapt. 

BLM Arizona public rooms are open for in-person visits, up to 25% capacity.  You can also continue to do business by phone or email. If you hope to meet with a specific BLM staff member, we recommend calling or emailing before visiting the office. 

All federal employees, onsite contractors, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a mask inside federal buildings. Federal employees, onsite contractors, and visitors who are not fully vaccinated also must physically distance consistent with CDC guidance. 

Changes to facilities and services in Arizona in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) are listed below.

Updates by office or program:

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Graphic with symbols and text. Some BLM Arizona sites are seeing heavy visitation. As we continue our response to COVID-19, you can do your part when enjoying public lands. We recommend visiting areas close to home. Avoid locations where physical distancing may be difficult. Toilets and trash removal may be limited. Be Prepared. Avoid crowded sites. Pack out your trash. Bring your own toilet paper and hand sanitizer. Stay at least 6 feet apart. Stay home if you're sick. Learn more about COVID-19 at www.coronavirus.gov.

    Be Prepared

    • Avoid crowded sites.
    • Pack out your trash—trash removal services may be unavailable.
    • Bring your own supplies such as trash bags, disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer, and toilet paper.
    • Avoid high-risk activities; this will help keep fire, law enforcement or search and rescue operations for those who need it most.
    • Be fire safe and check for fire restrictions. Conditions remain dry in the state. For fire prevention or restriction information, visit: wildlandfire.az.gov 
    • Leave No Trace and Tread Lightly 

     

    Public Rooms

    BLM Arizona public rooms are open for in-person visits, up to 25% capacity. You must wear a mask inside federal buildings, including public rooms.

    You can also continue to do business by phone or email. If you hope to meet with a specific BLM staff member, we recommend calling or emailing before visiting the office.

    Online Public Room

    You can also find many resources at our online public room including:

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    Gila District

    Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness

    Brandenburg Ranger Station closed—The BLM has temporarily closed the Brandenburg Ranger Station at the Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness Area. The Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness Area will remain open for camping, hiking and other back country recreation uses. You must have a permit to enter the Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness. Learn more about Aravaipa Canyon permits.

    Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area

    Flying W Group Day-Use Area closed—Given that the primary use of the Flying W group site is for large groups, we have determined that it is in the best interest of the public and our employees to close the site to further reduce the potential for spread of COVID-19. You may still enjoy BLM trails and open space areas.

    Hot Well Dunes Recreation Area

    Hot tubs closed—The BLM has temporarily closed the hot tubs at the Hot Well Dunes Recreation Area. You may continue to enjoy camping and sand dune riding.

    Las Cienegas National Conservation Area

    Huachuca House closed—The BLM has temporarily closed the Huachuca House, located in the Las Cienegas National Conservation Area. You may still enjoy BLM trails and open space areas. Group events facilitated by the Empire Ranch Foundation are also suspended. 

    San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area

    San Pedro House and Fairbank Historic Schoolhouse closed—The BLM has temporarily closed the San Pedro House and Fairbank Historic Schoolhouse visitor contact centers within the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area (SPRNCA). Large group events facilitated by the Friends of the San Pedro River, involving carpools or bus transport, are suspended. You may still enjoy BLM trails and open space areas.

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    Last Update

    Mon, 08/02/2021 - 3:15 pm MDT

    Created

    Wed, 03/18/2020 - 2:58 pm MDT

    Region

    Arizona
    Phoenix DO
    Arizona Strip DO
    Colorado River DO
    Gila DO