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

To obtain an Access Permit for:
Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge (CPNWR)
Barry Goldwater Range -West
Barry Goldwater Range – East (Area B)
Sonoran Desert National Monument – Area A
Go to:

  • You will have the choice of getting a permit for the Cabeza Prieta NWR & Barry Goldwater Range – West OR for all four locations listed above. The site is self explanatory. 
  • Print two copies of your permit so that you have one to keep with you and one for your vehicle.
  • The permit is good through June 30, 2019.
  • While you can print off the appropriate land management map from the site, hardcopy maps will be available at the CPNWR Visitor Center, Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field entrance gate, and the Yuma Air Station entrance gate in Yuma, AZ. 

In addition to the Hold Harmless Agreement you agreed to online, you must be familiar with local rules and regulations specific to each land management jurisdiction you access. These are located on the back of each agency's map.
The CPNWR Office is open Monday through Friday (except for holidays) 
8:00 am - 4:00 pm. Phone: 520-387-6483

Map and Additional Rules Specific for Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge (right click to download or print)

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