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May 18, 2012
March 5, 2012
Requirements for Off Highway Recreational Vehicles
Laws limiting OHV activity in Maricopa County took effect April 08, 2008. On days when a High Pollution Advisory (HPA) for particulate matter 10 microns or less (PM10) has been issued, recreational off-road activities will not be permitted. If you are planning to drive or ride an OHV within Maricopa County or the Apache Junction area, check first to see if an advisory has been issued by calling (800) 234-5677 or visit the Maricopa County Air Quality Department . You may also subscribe to receive by text message ADEQ's Air Quality Forecasts and Advisories.
Map of OHV areas with restrictions
OHV Law Fact Sheet
September 15, 2011
September 1, 2011
May 10, 2011
September 1, 2010
Recreational use of Trust land must be in accordance with all local laws and ordinances. Permits issued by the Land Department do not exempt you from obeying local laws and ordinances. Maricopa County and all of the cities within "Area A" have adopted ordinances prohibiting parking on an un-surfaced lot and operating a motor vehicle of any type on an un-surfaced road as required by the Arizona State Legislature in SB1552. Recreational routes within "Area A" that have been approved for motorized travel are shown on this map. Additional routes may be identified by the Special Land Use Permit process. Please contract firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
July 1, 2009
The Department is pleased to announce that the Individual/Family/Group Recreational Permits have returned to the statutory minimum fee schedule, of $15, $20, and $15 respectively. Please be advised that the Group Permit is only valid for less than 20 participants, per statute. Event SLUP application and use fees are unaffected by this change.
Also, the Arizona Game & Fish Department has release an updated Desert Wells Multi Use Area brochure.
February 4, 2009
The Arizona State Land Department announces revisions to the Non-Competitive/Non-Commercial Event Permit. No more than 50 people may be permitted by an Event Permit; however, permitted participants are no longer required to obtain additional individual recreation permits. Instead, the Department requires Groups and Clubs applying for an Event Permit to submit a complete roster of all individuals to be covered by the permit.
Additionally, the Department revised the Special Land Use Permit fee schedule for larger (more than 50 participants), or competitive, or commercial recreational activities & events. The new schedule has a lower minimum base fee, but now accounts for the total number of participants in the event.
November 19, 2008
An Arizona multi-agency taskforce (Game & Fish, Motor Vehicle Division and State Land) has authored an Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Decal Information Guide. It comprises answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding changes in OHV laws set to take effect on January 1, 2009. The Land Department will continue to work with other agencies to promote responsible use of Arizona Trust Land.
The Desert Wells Multi-use Area now has designated trails available for OHV travel. OHVs must be properly licensed according to MVD regulations. A recreation permit is required to stage/ park on Arizona Trust Land. Trust Land depicted in the Desert Wells Multi-use Area map is currently leased for grazing purposes. Holders of a recreation permit shall respect the grazing lessees rights, and will not interfere with the grazing operations.
October 2, 2008
Recent updates to the Recreation Page of the Arizona State Land Department website helps to educate public on responsible use of Arizona Trust Land.
Many cities & counties in Arizona now restrict the operation & parking of motorized vehicles on unsurfaced roads and vacant lots. Your Arizona State Land Recreation Permit requires you to obey all laws within the relevant jurisdiction. Check with the County and/or City Law enforcement to determine what rules apply. Please refer to the New Local Laws & Ordinances map. to determine if your proposed activity is within one of these jurisdictions.
The Land Department plans to accept SLUP applications from entrepreneurs and government agencies to establish managed recreational riding areas. Please see Recreation on Arizona Trust Land: Clearing the air on the dust issue.
Air Quality Notice
In addition to current closures by the State Land Commissioner, many cities & counties now restrict the operation & parking of motorized vehicles on unsurfaced roads and vacant lots. Your Arizona State Land Recreation Permit requires you to obey all laws within the relevant jurisdiction. Check with the County and/or City Law enforcement to determine what rules apply.