BLM permits special recreation activities at Las Cienegas National Conservation Area

Group sites will be occupied Feb. 11-15 and March 11-15

TUCSON, Arizona — The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Tucson Field Office has authorized, under Special Recreation Permits (SRP), organized group events in February and March on the Las Cienegas National Conservation Area (NCA). During these events, the group sites will likely be unavailable for other activities. Visitors planning to be in the area on the dates listed, should consider alternate camping opportunities such as the Cieneguita Camp Areas, Oak Tree Canyon Camp Areas, and Road Canyon Camp Areas.  

“During the permitted events, we ask the public to plan using other camp areas to prevent possible user conflicts, said Tucson Field Manager Jayme Lopez
Activities authorized in the SRPs include group overnight camping and competitive events occurring at the Maternity Well Group Site and the Airstrip Group Site as follows: 

  • February 11-15 and March 11-15, 2021- The Maternity Well Group Site will be occupied by the Arizona National Shoot to Retrieve Association for their competitive field trials.  
  • March 11-15, 2021 - The Airstrip Group Site will be occupied by the American Endurance Ride Conference for competitive equestrian races.  

All designated camp areas are primitive and have no water, toilet, and trash service. When recreating at these sites, please practice Leave No Trace ethics and pack out trash from the camp area.  

This year, we invite everyone to reimagine your public lands as we celebrate 75 years of the BLM’s stewardship and service to the American people. The BLM manages approximately 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. 

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June Lowery, Public Affairs Specialist