Public Lands Interpretive Association

Since 1981, the Public Lands Interpretive Association (PLIA) has worked to inspire and educate the public about the natural and cultural heritage resources of Americaโ€™s public lands.

We provide educational and interpretive materials to the public at PLIA sales outlets, in visitor centers, and other facilities, operate campground concessions on Kaibab National Forest, AZ, publish books and other educational materials, develop interpretive products, administer grants, operate Public Lands Information Centers in Arizona and New Mexico, develop, operate and maintain

Big news! Gold Star Families and US military veterans will soon be granted free access to federal lands managed by the Department of the Interior, including national parks, wildlife refuges, and BLM lands!

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The BLM is excited to announce that Gold Star Families and US military veterans will be granted free access to national parks, wildlife refuges & other Federal lands managed by the Department of the Interior starting this Veterans Day & every day onward!

We have face masks at Sabino Canyon! These are locally made, adjustable, and adorable. $14.99 and limited quantity. Get them while supplies last! Today! At our outdoor store!


Sabino Canyon and Palisades Visitor Centers Reopen Outdoor Stores in Tucson and on Mount Lemmon

We're open at Sabino Canyon in Tucson and at Palisades on Mount Lemmon!

In partnership with the Coronado National Forest, PLIA staff are very excited to have outdoor stores available to the public, 8:00 am to 2:00 pm, Thursday through Monday. The Sabino Canyon bookstore is located in the courtyard in front of the visitor center building. The Palisades Visitor Center on Mount Lemmon is open on the outdoor deck outside of the visitor center building.

Stop by and shop with us! We appreciate you adhering to wearing face masks and practicing social distancing. Tucson, AZ โ€“ The nonprofit Public Lands Interpretive Association (PLIA) has reopened its bookstores in front of the Sabino Canyon and Palisades Visitor Centers. The outdoor stores will be open from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm, Thursday through Monday. The Sabino Canyon bookstore will be located in the cour...

Find the perfect gift for your favorite outdoor adventurer! ๐ŸŽ

Our gift sets offer a wide selection of public lands hats, books, and animal puppets to celebrate the Southwest. For a limited time, gift sets are discounted! Shop what we have available and check out the different items you can swap to create the perfect gift!

Whoops! We just found out that some people had difficulty tagging their scavenger hunt photos! If you had any issues or didn't get a chance to participate, there's still time!

Go ahead and download the scavenger hunt here:
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Then, REPLY IN THE COMMENTS BELOW with your public lands photo! We'll keep the party going until October 10 and then we'll announce the raffle winners for this year's National Public Lands Day Scavenger Hunt!

#NPLD Bureau of Land Management - New Mexico

Here's another public lands photo to celebrate National Public Lands Day and our scavenger hunt!

Photo taken at Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness Area showing PATTERN!

Download the scavenger hunt here:

#NPLD Bureau of Land Management - New Mexico

A few of the PLIA staff (& Snuggles) got to hang out with Seymour Antelope today to celebrate National Public Lands Day! #NPLD

Bureau of Land Management - New Mexico

We'll be handing out National Public Lands Day goodies at the office today at 2pm! Stop by and say hi to Seymour Antelope while you're here! #NPLD

๐ŸšฉVisit us 6501 Fourth St NW, Suite I, Los Ranchos, NM 87107

Pick up #NPLD packets from Seymour and head to your favorite BLM recreation site this Saturday Sept. 26 for #NPLD. Seymour will be handing out packets himself at the Albuquerque Public Lands Interpretive Association today at 2 p.m. at 6501 Fourth Street NW, Suite I.

[09/24/20]   This Saturday is National Public Lands Day! Get outside and join in on our scavenger hunt!

Here are your prompts! Post your photos, hashtag #NPLD, and tag Bureau of Land Management - New Mexico for a chance to win raffle prizes!

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We want to see your scavenger hunt photos for National Public Lands Day! #NPLD

Here's a cactus for the 'SPINY PLANT' prompt taken at El Malpais National Conservation Area!

Need another look at the scavenger hunt activity? Download it here:

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Celebrate National Public Lands Day by joining our scavenger hunt on New Mexico public lands!

From now until September 30, 2020:

โœ” Use the prompts in the scavenger hunt below to look for interesting wildlife, plants, and settings on New Mexico public lands.
โœ” Post photos to social media using the hashtag #NPLD and tag Bureau of Land Management - New Mexico.
โœ” Enter to win raffle prizes every time you post!*

We encourage you to have fun and get creative! In celebration of National Public Lands Day, we also want to remind you to LEAVE NO TRACE and pick up any litter you see while exploring public lands.

*PLIA is proud to sponsor the scavenger hunt raffle as a partner with the Bureau of Land Management.

Are you concerned about the recent reports of die-offs with migratory birds in the Southwest? You can help New Mexico better understand what's happening by submitting your observations and photos online!

Check out the "Southwest Avian Mortality Project" in the iNaturalist app at and submit photos, descriptions, as well as the date, time, and location of any dead birds that you observe.

Thanks for your help!

Hundreds of dead migrant birds have been reported in the state of New Mexico during August and September 2020. With increasing awareness, reports have also come from Arizona, Colorado, and Texas. Help the birds by reporting avian mortalities encountered in the Southwest United States and Mexico. Please photograph any avian mortalities and include information about location, time, and contact info to help wildlife biologists understand the extent of this mass mortality.

Our thoughts are with all of those experiencing the wildfires out West. Thank you to the men and women who are bravely fighting these fires.

Our thoughts are with local communities, #firefighters, our employees and everyone else who is facing the unprecedented impacts of the devastating #wildfires out west. Stay safe out there! #FireYear2020

Decommissioned more than 130 years ago, Fort Craig still holds an important place in Civil War and military history

Learn about the history and significance of Fort Craig - a decommissioned fort just south of Socorro which played an important role in the Civil War and was home to Buffalo Soldiers.

PLIA operates the visitor center bookstore at Fort Craig. Stop by for a visit to learn more about this unique historic site! Commanding a high spot overlooking the middle Rio Grande Valley, soldiers stationed at Fort Craig we ...

Help support restoration projects in the Catalinas

Thank you, KOLD News 13 for helping us spread the word about our online store for Sabino Canyon!

Sabino Canyon has many wonderful partners who strive to make this place enjoyable for visitors and work in collaboration with the Forest Service to ensure this place is protected for future generations. The Bighorn Fire and COVID-19 have financially impacted organizations helping to upkeep the Sabino Canyon.

This Labor Day is heating up! We couldn't agree more with AZ Game & Fish. Arizonans -- head north to Kaibab Lake this weekend to cool off!

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It's too hot to spend #LaborDayWeekend in The Valley! We gotta head north and these top fishing picks are close enough for a last-minute getaway! ๐ŸŽฃ๐ŸŒฒโ›บ๏ธ
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Check out this beautiful photo of a Steller's Jay taken by our staff member Sharlene on Mount Lemmon after the Bighorn Fire. It's a wonderful thing to see resilience of life on the mountain!

Thank you, #visittucson !

WHILE THE CANYON IS CLOSED: The Sabino Canyon Visitor Center's gift shop has gone online, which means yes, you can purchase the adorable javelina in this image! A portion of the proceeds will go to fund restoration projects in the Catalinas following the Bighorn Fire, as part of a partnership with the Public Lands Interpretive Association and Friends of Sabino Canyon. Plus there's free shipping on orders over $75!

Follow in the footsteps of the Buffalo Soldier, even in a wheelchair

Fort Craig Historic Site in Socorro, NM has reopened their Visitor Center!

Shop at the bookstore for commemorative and educational items. Learn about one of the largest military strongholds during the Civil War and check out their new accessible trail while you're there! From dusty cavalry boots to wheelchairs, Fort Craigโ€™s trails have seen it all.

We've got puzzles!

Learn about wildlife diversity in the southwest desert by putting together this 200 piece puzzle.

Your purchase at our Sabino Canyon webpage will help support restoration efforts after the Bighorn Fire in Tucson, AZ. Thank you for caring about this special place!

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It's hot out there! Get yourself a hat!

Your purchase supports Sabino Canyon, a desert oasis in Tucson, AZ. The area is temporarily closed due to impacts from the Bighorn Fire but we hope to open again soon! Shop to support Sabino Canyon today!

Sabino Canyon Hike & Run

Thank you Sabino Canyon Hike & Run!

#sabinocanyon #sabinocanyonhikerun #bighornfire #tucsonaz #tucsonarizona #catalinafoothills #coronadonationalforest

Please support the Sabino Canyon Visitor Center via their online store. Books, shirts, hats, guides, postcards, and so on. Your purchase from them helps support Sabino Canyon. A portion of the proceeds from sales will directly fund restoration projects in Sabino Canyon and the Santa Catalina Mountains including projects needed to recover from the Bighorn Fire. By shopping in their online store, you help support the long-term sustainability of this unique place.

#sabinocanyon #sabinocanyonhikerun #bighornfire #tucsonaz #tucsonarizona #catalinafoothills #coronadonationalforest

Bureau of Land Management lands are beautiful, too!

Be sure to enter your photos to the Share the Experience federal lands photo contest and share with the world some of our amazing Bureau of Land Management lands in the southwest!

BLM NEEDS YOUR PHOTOS!! Enter the photo contest today!

Blah, blah, blah, National Park Service is awesome, blah, blah, blah National Parks are beautiful!

Look, we get it. Our National Parks are simply amazing and some of the most beautiful places on Earth and judging from the entries in the photo contest so do you!

But here's the thing, we happen to think that #yourpubliclands can go toe-to-toe with anything NPS has to offer and we want you to showcase it! Visit #yourpubliclands, #recreateresponsibly, take amazing photos, #leavenotrace and upload to

Photo by Ryan Wolt from, Denali National Park and Preserve.

Sabino Canyon Visitor Center

Our Sabino Canyon bookstore is now online!

Visit to purchase your favorite Sabino Canyon gifts while the Visitor Center in Tucson remains temporarily closed.

A portion of the proceeds from sales will directly fund restoration projects in the Santa Catalina Mountains in partnership with Friends of Sabino Canyon. A beautiful canyon in the desert southwest Sabino Canyon Recreation Area is nestled in the rugged front range of the Santa Catalina Mountains outside of Tucson, AZ. Mountains, water, and valley meet at Sabino Canyon to form a desert oasis. The heart of Sabino Canyon is Sabino Creek, a gurgling brook...

Today is a fee-free day on federal public lands to commemorate the passing of the Great American Outdoors Act!

This Act will significantly reduce the maintenance backlog on public lands by funding infrastructure projects that repair roads, buildings, and trails. The Act also permanently authorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund which will invest in conservation and recreation opportunities across the country.

To commemorate President Trumpโ€™s signing of the #GreatAmericanOutdoorsAct, the Bureau of Land Management will join other U.S. Department of the Interior agencies in providing free access to public lands nationwide on Wednesday, August 5. On this day, site-specific standard amenity and day-use fees at BLM recreation sites and areas will be waived. Other fees, such as overnight camping, cabin rentals, group day use, and use of special areas, will remain in effect. The signing of this historic conservation law will provide full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and billions of additional dollars to fund infrastructure projects on public lands nationwide. More: #DOIDelivers

While the Bighorn Fire is now 100% contained, much of the The Forest Service - Coronado National Forest near Tucson, AZ remains closed for public safety due to the potential for flooding and ash and debris runoff. This includes Forest hiking trails around Mt Lemmon and Sabino Canyon Recreation Area.

Below is a photo taken earlier this month of debris runoff after the fire was contained. Please adhere to the closure order for your own safety! We would love to be back on the mountain and back exploring the canyon but monsoon flooding and post-fire debris create dangerous and potentially life-threatening situations for hikers.

Stay safe out there!

Five best places to fish in northern Arizona this summer (2020)

Kaibab Lake makes the list for 5 Best Places to Fish in Northern AZ!

Camping is available through September 30, 2020. Spend the weekend social distancing by your favorite lake! Fishing is a great option to get outdoors and explore Arizona, so we reached out to the Arizona Game and Fish Department to find out where the fish are biting up north!

True OVERviews-Valley of Fires

Are you customer-focused and love to meet people from all over the world?

The Bureau of Land Management and the Public Lands Interpretive Association want to work with you!

We are looking for volunteers that are excited to help us promote and educate people about Valley of Fires by helping out in the visitor center and bookstore. Valley of Fires is one of the youngest lava flows in the United States. It is the perfect spot to view desert cactus and yucca, as well as many bird species. Itโ€™s great for camping and stargazing, too! Located just outside of Carrizozo and a short drive from White Sands National Park, who could ask for a more beautiful place to spend your days!

- Volunteer Reimbursement: $22 / day
- Volunteer Hours: 20 to 40 hrs per week
- Must pass a background check
- Retail experience preferred

Contact the Bureau of Land Management at 575-491-8834 for more information.

A brief aerial view of one of the youngest lava flows in the continental U.S. The Valley of Fires is just west of Carrizozo, filling part of the Tularosa Bas...

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Time to enjoy!!
#NationalHammockDay #RecreateResponsibly

Donโ€™t leave us hanging! Hit like if youโ€™re ready to kick back, relax, and celebrate #NationalHammockDay by getting outdoors and finding the perfect spot near you to *hang* out and unwind!

#DidYouKnow hammocks were developed by the Mayans of Central and South America and were made from the woven bark of the Hamack Tree, hence the name of our beloved outdoor companion!

Grab a hammock, #RecreateResponsibly, and take a mid-week siesta or plan a weekend escape full of relaxation at a federal recreation site near you!

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Photo: Joseph Keyes (Share the Experience)

Catch of the day at Whitehorse Lake Campground!

Campground reservations are open through September 30 at the Whitehorse Lake, Dogtown Lake, and Kaibab Lake campgrounds in the Kaibab National Forest, Williams District.

Learn more at

Get your fishing gear and go camping this weekend!

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