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Border Concerns

When Visiting Southern Arizona

Bureau of Land Management public lands lie adjacent to 44 miles of the international border with Mexico.  Visitors should be aware that narcotic smuggling activities occur within the national monuments.  If you see any activity that looks illegal, suspicious, or out of place, please do not intervene.  Note your location and call 911, or report the activity to a law enforcement ranger as quickly as possible.

Be Aware, Be Safe

  • Cell phone service is often out of range in many remote areas of the monuments.
  • Know where you are at all times, follow good safety procedures and use common sense when making decisions.
  • Do not pick up or approach hitch hikers.
  • Keep valuables, including spare change, out of sight and lock your vehicle.
  • Avoid traveling outside of well-marked roads and routes.
  • People in distresss may ask for food, water or other assistance.  Do not make contact.  Report the location of the distressed people to the nearest BLM or other law enforcement authority.
  • Report ANY suspicious behavior to the nearest BLM office or contact Law Enforcement Dispatch at (623) 580-5515 as soon as possible.