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The Barry M. Goldwater Range is the third largest land-based military range in the United States. Since its establishment in 1941, the BMGR has served as a tactical air combat training complex of vital importance to national security. The land area of the BMGR covers approximately 1.7 million acres in southwestern Arizona and is operated as two independent segments: Marine Corps Air Station Yuma manages the western portion (BMGR-W) and Luke Air Force Base manages the eastern portion (BMGR-E). The BMGR complex also includes about 2.7 million acres, or 57,000 cubic miles, of restricted airspace. The BMGR is a large component of one of the largest and best-preserved desert landscapes in the U.S. Portions of the BMGR are open for public recreation, but only under a permit system with regulations necessary to ensure public safety, prevent interference with military training, and to protect natural and cultural resources. Approximately 75 percent of the BMGR-W is open to the public. Activities include camping, hiking, hunting, target shooting, and off-highway vehicle use on designated roads and trails. Marine Corps Air Station Yuma annually issues over 12,000 public recreation permits.
Range access permits are available online at https://bmgr.recaccess.com. All visitors are required to sign a hold-harmless form and watch a range safety video. Two permits are required: one to always keep in personal possession while on the range and the other displayed on the vehicle’s dash. Prior to entering the range, recreational users must check-in using RecAccess. Individuals under the age of 18 must be always accompanied by an adult. Any person entering the range without a valid permit may be fined and/or barred from BMGR.
While recreating on the BMGR-W you are responsible for your own safety, for avoiding military assets and training units, for abiding by the BMGR-W regulations, and for doing your part to help protect natural and cultural resources. Always know your location and keep out of unauthorized areas. Ensure others are aware of your itinerary before you enter the BMGR-W. Failure to properly plan your visit and comply with the BMGR-W regulations could lead to fines, imprisonment, or the revocation of future access to the BMGR-W, and potentially result in serious personal injury or death.
Range Permit Office...........................928-269-3115
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