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Popular area for off-roading in Avra Valley is now off limits

The property owner has been getting citations from Pima County for trash on his land that has been illegally dumped.
Illegal Dumping
Posted at 3:07 PM, Apr 01, 2024
and last updated 2024-04-02 00:45:56-04

MARANA, Ariz. (KGUN) — A plot of more than 70 acres of land in Avra Valley once served as a popular spot for people to ride ATVs, side by sides, and dirt bikes.

Here is a map of the property.

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Desert land in Avra Valley

But now, due to illegal dumping, the out-of-state property owner and the Pima County Sheriff’s Department are starting to enforce trespassing laws.

In recent months, the landowner has been receiving citations due to piles of tires, glass, and miscellaneous trash on the land.

“In addition to being unsightly, this is costing the property owner and Pima County money to clean up," Lieutenant Stephen Carpenter with the Pima County Sheriff's Department said.


Bill Campbell lives out of state and helps manage the property.

“The cost has been finding people and paying them to clean it up," Campbell said.

For a while, Campbell and the ownership group allowed the off-roading activity on the land they've owned for twenty years.


But with the population in the area growing, the land is a popular spot for illegal dumping.

Everything from beer to bed springs are scattered around the lot

“There’s been a plastic doll house dumped," Carpenter said.

The Sheriff’s office says fines for illegal dumping can get as high as $750 and criminal trespassing can be punished with up to four months of jail.

“It’s been decades that people have been able to use this land, and it’s going to be a shock to them they can’t use it anymore," Carpenter said. "But the property owner has rights and we want to help him assert those.”

Lieutenant Carpenter says they don’t plan on citing anyone in April for trespassing as it will be an educational period.

But starting May 1, full enforcement will begin.

“The easiest thing to do is for everyone to respect it as private property, not to dump on it, not to ride on it," Campbell said. "Please use the beautiful areas the county makes available for off road vehicles.”

Adam Klepp is a reporter for KGUN 9. At his previous station in Yuma, Adam focused on a range of local issues including the border, water rights and healthcare. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan, and attended both Loyola University Chicago and Syracuse University. Share your story ideas and important issues with Adam by emailing or by connecting on Twitter.