1.   Q: Will it bring more restrictions and limitations on access to the forest?

A: No. Existing rights to use the forest will remain. What may change in the future is the granting of new rights. This will be done in order to protect the antiquities, riparian habitat, the soil, and the forest environment from further degradation.

  1.   Q: Will it bring more restrictions on hiking/biking/equestrian trails access?

A: No. Access to hiking/biking/equestrian trails will continue. With a National Monument designation, there is the potential for additional funding which could be used to better maintain the trail system. The challenge today is that the Forest Service does not have the resources to maintain what exists. The monument designation will make it possible to bring in additional funding.

  1.   Q: Will it bring new limitations on hunting and fishing rights?

A: No. Hunting and fishing access and rules will continue to be administered by Arizona Game and Fish, according to the Forest Service Management Plan.

  1.   Q: What can you do in a National Monument?

A: Current and existing public, commercial and recreational activities continue after a National Monument is established. These “existing rights” include previously existing access to private property and rights-of-way for roads and utility infrastructure. Additionally, the following recreational activities are allowed in National Monuments: 

Photo by: Garrett Dauphars

Photo by: Garrett Dauphars

  • Hiking
  • Bicycling
  • Horseback riding
  • Camping
  • Backpacking
  • Picnicking
  • Hunting and fishing
  • Driving motorized vehicles on Motor Vehicle Use Map designated routes
  • Livestock grazing

 

The Forest Service will continue to manage these opportunities, consistent with the proper care and management of the objects protected.

  1.   Q: Will it bring less access to the primitive roads for all-terrain vehicles?

A: Legal access and use of Forest Service roads is restricted to roads that have been designated. The Forest Service has a map of roads that can legally be used. This map will continue to be used for this purpose.