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Rules and Regulations

There are a lot of fun, interesting, and educational things you can do on the refuge. Keep in mind, if an activity is not wildlife related and doesn't help in the protection or understanding of wildlife or their habitat, there are probably refuge rules governing this activity. Please check with the refuge management before participating in an activity that could harm the environment or yourself.

Camping 

  • All campsites are primitive. 
  • Camping is permitted only at numbered sites, designated by a triangle symbol. 
  • Stays on the refuge are limited to 14 days within a 30-day period. 

Fires 

  • Fires are permitted only in fire rings at the numbered campsites. 
  • Campfires may be prohibited when fire danger exists. Fuel burning stoves (e.g. propane) may be used when campfire restrictions are in place.
  • Use only wood that is dead and down. 
  • You may collect firewood for Refuge campfires only. 
  • Campfires must be attended at all times.

Trash

  • All human waste must be buried immediately. 
  • Remove all trash --- do not bury it

Weapons

  • Persons possessing, transporting, or carrying firearms on national wildlife refuges must comply with all provisions of state and local law. Persons may only use (discharge) firearms in accordance with refuge regulations. 
  • Any discharge of a firearm except to take legal game is not permitted. 
  • The use or possession of crossbows, bows and arrows, air guns, spears, gigs or other weapons is prohibited except as may be authorized under approved hunting regulations.

Mechanized Vehicles

  • Mechanized vehicles (including bicycles) may only be operated on designated public roadways. Designated roads are provided on refuge maps. Seasonal road closures may occur. 
  • All motor vehicles, including OHVs and motorcycles, must be licensed, insured, and equipped to legally operate on state highways. Many states do not allow for the modification of OHVs for legal operation on state highways and cannot be legally operated on national wildlife refuges.
  • OHVs and motorcycles registered in Arizona must have valid motorcycle (MC) plates. Motor vehicle operators must possess a valid driver’s license and insurance. 
  • The speed limit on refuge roads is 25 mph unless posted otherwise. 

Horses

  • Horseback riders are restricted to refuge roads. 
  • Groups using four or more horses must possess and carry a refuge permit. 
  • Groups using horses must provide their own water and weed-free feed and clean the campsite of horse manure.

Natural Items and Artifacts

  • Introducing or attempting to introduce, disturb, injure, spear, poison, destroy, or collect any plants or animals or the destruction, injury, defacement, disturbance or unauthorized removal of any public property, including natural objects or private property on or from any National Wildlife Refuge is prohibited. 
  • Searching for, removing or defacing any object of antiquity (e.g. arrowheads, potshards) or other valuable objects, including minerals, rocks and stones, is prohibited.

Miscellaneous Regulations 

  • The use of artificial light, including automotive headlights, to illuminate wildlife is prohibited.
  • The use of flagging tape, reflective tape, or other signs or markers is prohibited. 
  • Leaving property abandoned on a national wildlife refuge is prohibited. 
  • Pets must be under the control of the owner at all times. Unconfined domestic animals are not allowed. 
  • Disturbing the peace or other disorderly conduct on the refuge is prohibited.

-All accidents involving injury to people or wildlife and/or property damage must be reported to an on-duty refuge official within 24 hours of the accident.
-Persons under the age of 21 years may not possess or consume alcoholic beverages on the refuge. Providing alcoholic beverages to persons under age 21 is also prohibited.
-Possession of drug paraphernalia, including any instrument that facilitates the consumption of a controlled substance, is prohibited.
-See the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Hunting Page for hunting information.
-Fishing is prohibited.

Last Updated: Nov 02, 2012
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