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Land Ownership in the Big Sandy Basin

Land ownership, including the percentage of ownership by category, for the Big Sandy Basin is shown in Figure 4.1-2.  A principal feature of land ownership in this basin is the large amount of private and federal lands interspersed with state trust lands creating a checkerboard pattern.  A description of land ownership data sources and methods is found in Volume 1, Appendix A.  More detailed information on protected areas is found in Section 4.0.4 Land ownership categories are discussed below in the order from largest to smallest percentage in the basin.


  • 40.6% of the land is private.

  • The majority of the private land is interspersed with state trust, national forest and BLM lands.

  • There are a number of larger parcels of private land along the northeastern, northwestern and southeastern basin boundaries.

  • Land uses include domestic, commercial, ranching and farming.

U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

  • 29.7% of the land is federally owned and managed by the Kingman Field Office of the BLM.
  • All BLM lands are located in the western portion of the basin.
  • Primary land uses are grazing and recreation.

State Trust Land

  • 28.5% of the land in this basin is held in trust for the public schools and seven other beneficiaries under the State Trust Land system.

  • The majority of the state trust land occurs in a checkerboard pattern interspersed with private and federal land.  Larger contiguous portions of state trust land are found in the northern portion of the basin.

  • Primary land use is grazing.

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Land Ownership

National Forest

  • 0.9% of the land is federally owned and managed by the United States Forest Service (USFS). 
  • All forest lands in the basin are part of the Prescott National Forest.
  • All forest lands are intermingled with private land.
  • Land uses include grazing, timber production and recreation.

Indian Reservation

  • 0.2% of the land is under ownership of the Hualapai Tribe.
  • Tribal lands are located in a small strip along Highway 93 north of Wikieup and around Valentine.
  • Land uses include domestic, commercial and grazing.

Other (Game and Fish, County and Bureau of Reclamation Lands)

  • 0.1% of the land is owned and managed by Mohave County as the Hualapai Mountain Park.
  • The Hualapai Mountain Park is located in T20N, R15W on the western basin boundary.
  • Primary land use is recreation.



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