BLM seeks public comment on proposed recreation area near Apache Junction


Bureau of Land Management

BLM Office:

Lower Sonoran Field Office

Media Contact:

Dolores Garcia, Public Affairs Specialist
Chris Wonderly, Public Affairs Specialist

NOTE: The public comment period has been extended seven days. The comment period now closes on Sept. 13.

PHOENIX — The Bureau of Land Management’s Lower Sonoran Field Office invites public input on a proposed developed recreation area near Apache Junction. A 15-day public comment period on the draft Apache Junction Goldfield Recreation Area environmental assessment begins today.  

The BLM developed a variety of alternatives to consider for the recreation area. The preferred alternative would expand recreational opportunities for horseback riding by establishing a day-use equestrian area with supporting facilities. The project will also provide for increased management of public lands, reduce resource damage and increase access to nearby trails. The project area would encompass about 1,098 acres. 

Written input may be emailed to, submitted online at the BLM National NEPA Register, or mailed to the Lower Sonoran Field Office, Attn: Goldfield Recreation Area, 2020 E. Bell Road, Phoenix, AZ 85022. Comments must be received by Sept. 6. [Extended to Sept. 13]

The BLM conducted scoping in February and used input to develop the alternatives in the environmental assessment. Following the 15-day comment period, the BLM will consider public comments in developing a final decision. If the decision includes development of a recreation area and facilities, a temporary closure and supplementary rules will be developed. 

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.