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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issues permits under various wildlife laws and treaties at a number of offices throughout the country.

Visitor Permits
Visitors 18 years and older must apply for a permit when visiting the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge. Each visitor is given two permits -- one must be clearly displayed on the dashboard of the vehicle and the other should be kept in the visitor’s possession. Visitor permits are free and expire on June 30th of each year.

Visitor permits can be obtained at any of the following agencies: 

  • Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge (Ajo, AZ), 520-387-6483
  • Bureau of Land Management (Phoenix, AZ), 623-580-5500
  • Luke Air Force Base at Gila Bend Auxiliary Field (Gila Bend, AZ), 928-683-6200 or 623-856-5241
  • U.S. Marine Corps Air Station (Yuma, AZ), 928-269-7150

Before entering the refuge, visitors must register at the entry kiosk to validate their permit. There are four entry sites and each one has a registration kiosk.

Special Use Permits
These permits enable the public to engage in legitimate wildlife-related activities and ensure that such activities are carried out in a manner that safeguards wildlife. Additionally, some permits promote conservation efforts by authorizing scientific inventories and research.

At the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, wildlife comes first. For this reason, Special Use Permits are required in order to conduct the following types of activities: 

  • Commercial activities
  • Hunting 
  • Stock animal usage 
  • Vehicle groups of five or more 
  • Research 

Visit the National Wildlife Refuge System web site for more information on Special Use Permits.  Additional information can be found at How to Obtain a Permit, FAQs/Facts or Application Forms

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Last Updated: Mar 12, 2015
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