This webpage is focused on Fish and Game Hunting Unit 18A west of Seligman. Here is a link to the Arizona Fish and Game information for Unit 18A.
Arizona State Trust lands are not “public lands”, as are Federal lands under the management of the U.S. Forest Service or the Bureau of Land Management. Federal “public lands” are managed for the benefit and use of the public, while State Trust lands are managed for the benefit of 13 Trust beneficiaries, which include the public schools and prisons. The Land Department’s trust management responsibilities include requiring a permit or lease and charging a fee for use of Trust land. Exceptions to this requirement are licensed hunters and fishers, actively pursuing game or fish, in-season, and certain archaeological activities permitted by the Arizona State Museum.
Recreational Permit allows the signatory limited privileges to use State Trust Land for some recreation. Recreation under this permit is limited to hiking, horseback riding, picnics, bicycling, photography, sightseeing, and bird watching. Camping is restricted to no more than 14 days per year. Off-Highway Vehicular travel on State Trust Land is not permitted without proper licensing.
|Recreation Permit – Individual (One Year)||
|Recreational Permit – Group/Less than 20 people (Less than 5 days)||
|Recreational Permit – Immediate Family Unit (One Year)||
The Arizona Land Department has a great website. Review much more information there.
WHAT DOES MY RECREATION PERMIT ALLOW ME TO DO ON TRUST LAND?
Your recreation permit allows you to enjoy non-consumptive recreational activities including: hiking, horseback riding, bicycling, picnics, photography, bird watching, sightseeing, camping (limited to 14 days per year), and limited off highway vehicle use (restricted to designated roads and trails), for non-commercial and non-competitive purposes.A Trust Land Recreation Permit does not permit target shooting, paintball, airsoft, recreational flying (i.e. ultralite aircraft), vehicular ‘rock hopping’, sand railing, fireworks, or congregating in groups larger than 19 people . Visiting prehistoric and historic cultural or archaeological sites, Collecting or removing natural products (rocks, stone, soil, fossils, mineral specimens, cacti, saguaro or cholla skeletons, plants (live or dead), or firewood for home use, are all prohibited. Nor does it permit any activity that would otherwise be illegal or conflict with local laws or ordinances. A Recreation Permit does not authorize use of non-state lands such as military, federal, Tribal, or private lands.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I AM ON TRUST LAND? ARE THERE SIGNS?
The Arizona State Land Department manages 9.3 million acres of land; of which roughly 8 million acres are available for some form of recreation or another. While the Department makes every effort to ensure that signage is well placed on Trust Land, limited resources make it impossible to place signs on every parcel much less every trail.
Know before you go, and check your map.
HOW DO I DETERMINE IF THERE IS LEGAL ACCESS STATE TRUST LAND TO EITHER MY PRIVATE LAND OR A TRUST PARCEL?
Most title companies will research this information for a fee, or you can contact our Public Records Section to assist you in determining if there is an access easement (“Right of Way”) across State Trust Land.