You might not know it to look at our bustling cities and towns, but only 17.6 percent of Arizona’s lands is privately owned. More than a quarter of Arizona is owned by the state’s 21 Indian tribes, while more than half of the Grand Canyon State is held by the federal and state governments and administered through agencies such as the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Arizona Game and Fish Department, and the U.S. Forest Service. Arizona’s public lands are the lasting domain of the American people, and thoughtful visitors take great care to preserve and protect them for future generations. When you travel through them, please treat them as you would a precious heirloom: leave artifacts, stones, plants, and animals where they are, and leave no trace of your presence.
BLM Arizona administers 12.2 million surface acres of public lands, and another 17.5 million subsurface acres within the state. With 7 field offices throughout the state providing on-the-ground field management, BLM balances recreational, commercial, scientific and cultural interests; striving for long-term protection of renewable and nonrenewable resources, including range, timber, minerals, recreation, watershed, fish and wildlife, wilderness, wild horses and burros, and natural, scenic, scientific and cultural values.
Arizona Game & Fish
The Arizona Game and Fish Department Mission is to conserve, enhance, and restore Arizona’s diverse wildlife resources and habitats through aggressive protection and management programs, and to provide wildlife resources and safe watercraft and off-highway vehicle recreation for the enjoyment, appreciation, and use by present and future generations.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
The Mission of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is to work with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people
USDA Forest Service
Established in 1905, the Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Forest Service manages public lands in national forests and grasslands.
Gifford Pinchot, the first Chief of the Forest Service, summed up the mission of the Forest Service— “to provide the greatest amount of good for the greatest amount of people in the long run.”
National forests and grasslands encompass 191 million acres (77.3 million hectares) of land, which is an area equivalent to the size of Texas.
Arizona National Forests
|Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest
– 2,000,000 acres
– Counties: Yavapai, Navajo, Apache
– Species: Pronghorn Antelope, Elk, Mule Deer, Turkey, Waterfowl
– Springerville – (520) 333-4301
|Coronado National Forest
– Counties: Pinal, Graham, Pima, Santa Cruz, Cochise
– Species: Pronghorn Antelope, Black Bear, Bighorn Sheep, Javelina, Turkey, Whitetail Deer, Dove, Quail, Mountain Lion
– Tuscon – (520) 670-4552
|Coconino National Forest
– 1,800,000 acres
– Counties: Yavapai, Coconino
– Species: Elk, Mule Deer, Whitetail Deer, Black Bear, Turkey, Mountain Lion
– Flagstaff – (520) 527-3600
|Tonto National Forest
– 3,000,000 acres
– Counties: Yavapai, Maricopa, Gila, Pinal
– Species: Mule Deer, Elk, Javelia, Quail, Waterfowl
– Phoenix – (520) 225-5200
|Kaibab National Forest
– 1,500,000 acres
– Counties: Coconino
– Species: Mule Deer, Elk, Pronghorn Antelope, Black Bear
– Williams – (520) 635-2681
|Prescott National Forest
– 1,237,000 acres
– Counties: Yavapai, Coconino
– Species: Mule Deer, Whitetail Deer, Pronghorn Antelope, Elk, Black Bear, Javelina, Turkey, Dove, Quail, Waterfowl
– Prescott – (520) 771-4700
National Park Service
As of 1999 the national park system comprises 379 areas in nearly every state and U.S. possession. In addition to managing these parks—as diverse and far-flung as Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the Statue of Liberty National Monument—the Park Service supports the preservation of natural and historic places and promotes outdoor recreation outside the system through a range of grant and technical assistance programs. Major emphasis is placed on cooperation and partnerships with other government bodies, foundations, corporations, and other private parties to protect the parks and other significant properties and advance Park Service programs.
Public opinion surveys have consistently rated the National Park Service among the most popular federal agencies. The high regard in which the national parks and their custodians are held augurs well for philanthropic, corporate, and volunteer support, present from the beginnings of the national park movement but never more vital to its prosperity.
Arizona State Parks
Arizona State Parks mission is Managing and conserving Arizona’s natural, cultural and recreational resources for the benefit of the people, both in our Parks and through our Partnerships.