New Desert Wells Multi-use Area Off-highway vehicle brochure & map available in time for Independence Day holiday

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July 2nd, 2009

The Arizona Game and Fish Department reminds all OHV enthusiasts to be safe, responsible, and ethical when out on the roads and trails over the July 4th holiday weekend. Wear your helmet, slow down, make good decisions, and don’t drink and drive. DUI laws are the same for an OHV on the back trails just as they are for your car or truck on the highway. Don’t let a fun family outing end sadly. Remember: Nature Rules! Stay on roads and trails.

The department frequently gets calls from OHV operators asking about places to ride. One popular place—the Desert Wells Multi-use Area, south of Apache Junction—isn’t necessarily new, but it has changed over the last few years. On behalf of all the partners on the Desert Wells Workgroup, a new map and brochure about the area have been created by the Arizona State Land Department and the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

Desert Wells is on State Trust Land that is currently being leased by several active ranches and a sand and gravel quarry. Popular with OHV users, the area is also open to non-motorized use, like horseback riding, as well as many hunting opportunities. The OHV Decal allows OHVs to cross State Land on designated trails, which are noted on the map. A valid hunting license allows for active hunting on this piece of State Land. For all other recreation, a State Land Recreation Permit is needed. You can order your Recreation Permit online at:

Please note that cattle are almost always grazing on some part of the property, so never cut fences, and please leave gates as you find them, either open or closed. Cattle would pose hazards for vehicular traffic if they happen to get out on the highway.

The brochure is available at the State Land Department office at 1616 W. Adams in Phoenix, the Arizona State Parks office at 1300 W. Washington St. in Phoenix, the Game and Fish headquarters at 5000 W. Carefree Highway in Phoenix, or at the Game and Fish Region 6 office at 7200 E. University Drive in Mesa. The brochure and map are also available in PDF form on the Game and Fish Web site at

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