Public lands in Arizona closing for two years to construct Goldfield Recreation Area

Construction near Apache Junction to enhance recreation opportunities


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PHOENIX – Beginning Feb. 5, the Bureau of Land Management will close public lands near Apache Junction for approximately two years to construct the Goldfield Recreation Area. The temporary closure is a safety precaution for both workers and the public.

The project area includes approximately 1,091.97 acres of public lands northeast of the City of Apache Junction along State Route 88 near Hackamore and Nodak roads. The recreation area will enhance non-motorized opportunities by establishing equestrian staging areas and designated trails. The recreation area will improve public land management, reduce resource damage, and increase access to nearby trails.

“Our top priority is the safety of the public, our staff, and contractors,” said Phoenix District Manager Leon Thomas. “We are excited to work on this area that will increase equestrian, hiking, and biking opportunities in this fast-growing area outside of Phoenix.” 

BLM finalized the Goldfield Recreation Area environmental assessment and finding of no significant impact in October. The project responds to increased demand for recreational opportunities and local interest in more active management of area public lands. Scoping for the project began in February. BLM incorporated community input in the final plan.

A Notice of Closure of Selected Public Lands will appear in the Federal Register tomorrow and be available online along with maps and other information at the National NEPA Register. BLM will make a copy of the temporary closure notice and map available at the main entry points to each site, at the Phoenix District Office and on the project website.

For further information, contact Tyler Lindsey at or 602-867-5400.

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.