BLM Arizona COVID-19 Facility Updates

In general, BLM recreation lands remain open unless state or local authorities have requested or recommended closure of certain public lands. Existing rules and regulations apply. However, some of our Arizona recreation sites around the state have changed operations or limited public entry to follow social distancing and related guidance from the CDC and local and state authorities. Please check with individual field and district offices for specific details about operations in your area. 

We recommend visiting areas close to home while avoiding very popular or crowded locations where social distancing may be difficult, and limiting group activities to members of your household. 

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.

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    Be Prepared

    • Toilets may be unavailable in many locations.
    • Bring your own supplies such as trash bags, disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer, and toilet paper.
    • Pack out your trash—trash removal services may be unavailable.
    • Reduce the handling of cash by paying recreation fees through Recreation.gov, where available.
    • 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  

    Fees

    • Fees such as overnight camping, cabin rentals, group day use, and use of special areas remain in effect.

    Permits

    • Permits are still required for BLM wilderness areas in Arizona, including Aravaipa Canyon, Coyote Buttes, and Paria Canyon.

     Updates by office:

    Public RoomsArizona State Office | Arizona Strip District
    Colorado River District | Gila District | Phoenix District

    Public Rooms

    BLM visitor centers and public rooms in Arizona are available via phone or email only.

    Please check with individual offices regarding customer services available by phone or email.

    Online Public Room

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

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    Arizona State Office

    Wild horse and burro adoption and sales at Florence facility resumed October 26, 2020. 

    Procedure for untrained animals

    The Bureau of Land Management in cooperation with the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry resumed wild horse and burro adoptions and sales from the Wild Horse and Burro Training and Holding facility in Florence, Arizona, on October 26, 2020. These private placement operations for untrained animals will be limited to appointment only with a pre-approved application for placement.

    For more information, please email us at BLM_AZ_WHB_Appt@blm.gov

    Applications are available by visiting the Adoption and Sales page. Completed applications should be sent to BLM_AZ_WHB_Appt@blm.gov.

    Procedure for inmate-trained animals

    Due to high interest, the Bureau of Land Management is adjusting operations for animal private placement and care from the Florence Wild Horse and Burro Training and Holding Facility.  

    To allow all interested applicants an equal opportunity, it is necessary for the BLM to offer available inmate trained animals and select untrained animals on our Online Corral (OLC) through a bidding process.  

    Trained horses and burros will be available for placement during the next Online Corral event. The event will begin on Tuesday, March 2 at 4 pm Mountain time and end on Tuesday, March 9 at 4 pm Mountain time.

    We encourage you to visit the OLC website wildhorseonline.blm.gov to get familiar with the process and submit your online application for approval as soon as possible if you wish to participate. 

    As always, BLM staff and the inmates participating in the Wild Horse and Burro Inmate Training Program continue to provide care for the wild horses and burros at the facility. 

    We appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate through an unprecedented situation.

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    Arizona Strip District

    You should plan ahead and bring your own sanitation supplies (toilet paper, hand sanitizer) and plan to pack out all waste since toilet and trash services may be unavailable in many locations.

    Vermilion Cliffs National Monument permit changes

    The walk-in lottery for permits into Coyote Buttes North (The Wave) takes place at the Kanab Center, 180 E. 100 North Kanab, Utah. For details on the walk-in lottery in response to COVID-19, check the Paria River District section on Utah's Current Operating Status page.

    BLM rules are still in effect and both sites continue to require permits for day hiking (no overnight camping is permitted in Coyote Buttes North or Coyote Buttes South). 

    • For more information regarding the online permit system, contact the BLM Arizona Strip District at 435-688-3200 or via email with questions.
    • For questions about the walk-in permit system and alternative hiking and recreation options in the region, call the Kanab Visitor Center at 435-644-1300 or email us.

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    Colorado River District

    You should plan ahead and bring your own sanitation supplies (toilet paper, hand sanitizer) and plan to pack out all waste since toilet and trash services may be unavailable in many locations.

    Long-Term Visitor Areas

    The Bureau of Land Management in Arizona is planning to offer normal services and facilities at the Long-Term Visitor Areas (LTVA) for the upcoming winter season. The LTVA season began on schedule on September 15. The four La Posa LTVAs near Quartzsite (La Posa North, South, West, and Tyson Wash), and the Imperial Dam LTVA near Yuma are a popular winter tradition for the visiting public. We need everyone to do their part to ensure a successful LTVA season. 

    BLM staff will continue monitoring COVID-19 guidelines from state and local health officials, and we will adjust operations as needed to comply with those guidelines. 

    While we plan to maintain facilities and services as we do each year, LTVA visitors can be best prepared by bringing their own sanitation supplies such as toilet paper and hand sanitizer. We remind our visitors to follow the CDC’s guidance to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, including maintaining social distancing, covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, and staying home if you feel sick.  

    We continue to keep most BLM public lands in Arizona accessible during the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing the public to have a place to be socially distant, together. We appreciate our visitors’ cooperation in making this winter’s LTVA season a successful one. 

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    Gila District

      You should plan ahead and bring your own sanitation supplies (toilet paper, hand sanitizer) and plan to pack out all waste since toilet and trash services may be unavailable in many locations.

      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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      Phoenix District

      No updates

      Public lands in Arizona remain open. We recommend you continue to safely enjoy public lands while following CDC, state, and local guidelines on limiting group size and social distancing.

      You should plan ahead and bring your own sanitation supplies (toilet paper, hand sanitizer) and plan to pack out all waste since toilet and trash services may be unavailable in many locations.

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      Last Update

      Fri, 02/19/2021 - 3:00 pm MST

      Created

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

      Region

      Arizona
      Gila DO
      Colorado River DO
      Phoenix DO
      Arizona Strip DO