BLM approves recreation area near Apache Junction in Arizona


Bureau of Land Management

BLM Office:

Lower Sonoran Field Office

Media Contact:

Chris Wonderly, public affairs specialist

PHOENIX – The Bureau of Land Management completed an environmental assessment to establish and develop the Goldfield Recreation Area for non-motorized day use northeast of Apache Junction in Pinal County.

“The public provided important input in shaping the final plan,” said Phoenix District Manager Leon Thomas. “We hope this new area will provide valuable recreation opportunities for visitors and nearby residents alike.”

The project area includes about 1,091 acres of public lands northeast of the City of Apache Junction along State Route 88 near Hackamore and Nodak roads. The recreation area is intended to enhance non-motorized recreational opportunities by establishing staging areas and designating trails. The recreation area will also provide for increased management of public lands, reduce resource damage and increase access to nearby trails.

The final environmental assessment and finding of no significant impact are available on the BLM National NEPA Register. The project responds to increased demand for recreational opportunities and local interest in more active management of public lands in the area.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.