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Background

On January 11, 2000, Presidential Proclamation 7263 created the Agua Fria National Monument (AFNM) to ensure protection of an extraordinary array of scientific and historic resources. These monument objects include one of the most significant systems of late prehistoric sites in the American southwest; hundreds of diverse prehistoric and historic sites that record thousands of years of human history in visually spectacular settings; and an expansive mosaic of semi-desert grassland, cut by ribbons of valuable riparian forest, which provides habitat for a wide range of sensitive wildlife and fish species.

The AFNM is located in southeastern Yavapai County, Arizona, and contains 70,900 acres of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) administered lands and 1,444 acres of private land. The AFNM Resource Management Plan (RMP) was created in conjunction with planning for the Bradshaw Harquahala Planning Area.  The decisions in the approved RMP only apply to the BLM-administered lands within the AFNM. Popular sities within the Agua Fria National Monument include the Agua Fria River, Badger Springs, and Pueblo La Plata.


The RMP represents years of ongoing, coordinated efforts on the part of BLM and AFNM staff, BLM Arizona State Office staff, representatives of communities near the planning area, cooperating and collaborating government agencies, special interest and user groups, and hundreds of concerned citizens. The decisions outlined in the RMP will enable the BLM to manage and protect the unique resources and monument objects on public lands within the AFNM to achieve desired future conditions and management objectives in partnership with communities, organizations such as the Friends of the Agua Fria National Monument, and citizens.