What is Allowed and Prohibited on the National Forest

Please review the following so that everyone, including future generations, can enjoy their National Forests.


FIREWORKS are never allowed on the National Forest.


Review regulations for using firearms, air guns, paintball guns and sling shots, which includes cleaning up trash such as casings. 


Unless a restriction is in place, campfires are allowed when Forest Service rules are followed including  ALWAYS being in attendance of your fire. When you leave PUT IT OUT - COLD OUT! Put lots of water on it (about 5 gallons), mix and stir dirt in, then do it again until you can put your bare hand on the coals and they are cool to the touch! Putting your fire out can take awhile. Please start extinguishing it BEFORE you start packing up. Learn more about campfire safety.


Bag your trash and take it home with you. Help keep our forests clean and green by "Packing It Out!" Please practice the 7 Principles of Leave No Trace ethics, which include:

  • Properly disposing of waste
  • Minimizing impact

Human Waste

Sanitation and human waste can be a big problem when thousands of people visit the Forest. Please see Leave No Trace - Dispose of Waste Properly for detailed instructions on handling this "delicate" situation.

Respect Others

Please respect others so that all can enjoy time on National Forests. Disorderly conduct is not allowed.


What a Horse Sees! by Trailmeitster. Short film illustrating safe ways of passing horse and rider on the trail. 


ff-highway vehicles (OHVs) are a popular activity on the forest. Before heading out review the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests OHV guide and OHV rules, regulations and safety guidelines from Arizona Game and Fish Department.


Flying drones is popular, but it also creates serious hazards to aircraft and negatively impacts firefighting operations. Before flying drones become familiar with regulations that stipulate where and when drones may be flown. Visit the FAA's Know Before You Fly campaign to learn how to fly drones safely.

  • Flying drones within or near wildfires without permission could cause injury to firefighters.
  • Fire managers may suspend aerial firefighting until unauthorized drones leave the area, allowing the fire to grow larger.


When camping or picnicking, please keep your site clean; free from trash and food. Otherwise animals and insects are attracted to your site. Review Forest Order 01-15-576


Review restricted behavior and activities in wilderness and primitive areas on the Apache-Sitgreaves.

This page is not an all-inclusive list of rules and regulations.

Rules and Regulations

With your help, we can protect our natural resources for future generations.

Thank you!