Purchase an Individual or Family Recreational Permit
A 'Recreational Use Permit' is temporary, revocable, and does not permit commercial, competitive, or group events. Lands leased for agriculture, mining, commercial, or military purposes are not open to recreational use. Other Arizona State Trust lands may be closed to some or all recreational uses due to hazardous conditions, dust abatement, in coordiation with the Arizona Game & Fish Department, or based on certain State, County or Local laws or ordinances. Approximately 8 million acres of State Trust land are available for recreation, but access is not guaranteed.
An 'Individual Permit' allows the signatory limited privileges to use Arizona State Trust land for some recreation. Recreation under this permit is limited to hiking, horseback riding, picnicking, bicycling, photography, sightseeing, GPS-based recreational activities, 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.
A 'Family Permit' shall extend the same privileges and responsibilities of the 'Individual Permit' to a family unit; limited to 2 adults and children under 18 years of age.
A 'Group Permit' is designed for small groups or clubs of less than 20 people, and does not permit commercial or competitive events. Group permits are valid for less than 5 days. Participants covered under a group permit are not required to obtain individual recreation permits; however, the group must submit a complete roster of all individuals to be covered by the permit.
For groups of 20 individuals or more, a Special Land Use Permit (SLUP) is required. A SLUP extends the same privileges and responsibilities as the recreational permit, but allows for larger groups, competitive events and/or non-profit events. For more information on SLUPs, please visit:
The holder of an Arizona State Land Department (ASLD) Recreational Permit (Permittee) shall respect the land, the rights and improvements of other authorized users, and exercise appropriate discretion to protect native plants, cutural and historic sites, and the environment. The Permittee shall stay on existing and designated roads and trails. The Permittee shall comply with all Federal, State, County, and Municipal laws and ordinances, while on State Trust land. You must have the permit with you while on State Trust land.
The Permittee shall not use State Trust land that is closed by the State Land Commissioner. The Permittee shall not: disrupt plants or wildlife, blaze trails across, visit archeological sites on, or remove natural products from State Trust land. The Permittee shall not cause any refuse or allow any other foreign objects to be deposited on State Trust land except for geocaches placed according to ASLD guidelines. The Permittee shall not discharge a firearm on State Trust land, except pursuant to lawful and licensed hunting.
aIR Quality notice
In addition to current closures by the State Land Commissioner, many cities & counties now restrict the operation & parking of motorized vehicles on unsurfaced roads or vacant lots. Your Arizona State Land Recreation Permit requires you to obey all laws within the relevant jurisdiction. Check with the county and/or city law enforcement to determine what rules apply.
recreational permit terms and fees
The quickest way for an individual or family to complete a recreational permit is through ASLD's ASLD's online Recreational Use Permit. Should you desire to print off and complete a recreation permit via mail, you may do so by clicking on the appropriate link below. If purchasing a Recreational Permit by mail, ASLD accepts only checks, money orders or cash via mail (maximum cash amount accepted is $50 with no denomination larger than $20).
* Groups of fewer than 20 people may be permitted by a Non-competitive/Non-commercial Group Permit. A complete roster of all permitted individuals and dates of use must be submitted with the application.
recreational permit terms and Conditions
The Recreational Permit does not include any implied rights to use any land other than Arizona State Trust lands. Recreational Permit Holders (Permittees) are responsible for obtaining any other permits necessary (e.g., federal, state, or local).
The Permittee will comply with all laws, rules, regulations and ordinances. Posting is not required for these provisions to be enforceable.
The Permittee must obey all lawful orders of a Law Enforcement Officer, given in performace of their official duties, while on Trust land. Additionally, Recreational Permits are conditional on compliance with directives from Arizona State Land Department staff, while given in performance of official duties.
- The Permittee shall not use State Trust Land that is closed by the State Land Commissioner.
- All travel is restricted to existing roads and trails. A one-time use or single set of tracks does not constitute a road or trail.
- Recreational motorized vehicles shall not be operated within ¼ mile of any building (occupied or not), paved surfaces (roadways, etc.) or stock tanks (wet or dry), or where otherwise prohibited by State, County or local ordinance.
- The Permittee will leave gates either open or closed as they are found. No fences will be cut or laid down.
- The Permittee not harass livestock or wildlife nor damage, destroy or remove any livestock or wildlife improvements or facilities (i.e., windmills, stock tanks, fences, corrals, wildlife watering facilities, etc.)
- The Permittee must completely remove all litter and refuse.
- Human waste shall be confined to a portable toilet or slit trench which will be covered to ground level upon closing camp. Waste from portable toilets shall be removed from site and disposed of properly.
- Recreational camping is limited to no more than 14 days per year. A campsite must be at least ¼ mile from any livestock or wildlife water catchments, tanks, drinkers, etc. Abandoned campsites are to be left clean.
- Campfires are to be thoroughly extinguished. You are required to comply with any campfire restrictions that may be in effect.
- By acceptance of the permit, you agree to indemnify and hold the State harmless from and against all liabilities, obligations, damages, penalties, claims, causes of action, cost, charges and expenses, including attorney’s fees and cost, which may be imposed upon, incurred by, or asserted against the State by reason of any accident, injury or damage to any persons or property occurring on or about the Arizona Trust land or any portion thereof resulting from the use of the permit.
Any violation of these terms and conditions
voids the permit upon occurrence.