Is public nudity legal? This is one of the most frequently asked questions posed to any nudist/naturist organization.
Yes. With proper discretion and respect to others, nudity on BLM and US Forest Service public land is permissible. The rule of thumb is the first people at a spring or otherwise remote area set the precedent for additional visitors, provided that an appropriate manner of courtesy is maintained. Alternately, if somebody is offended and asks that clothing be worn, common practice is to respect and honor the request to maintain and promote a positive image. Proper social behavior is the norm and a family-oriented environment is what keeps nudes and textiles on such friendly terms.
Our group has yet to be asked to get dressed or be told that the lack of clothing is offensive. Instead, and thankfully, people approach us with a smile and have an abundance of questions about the lifestyle. When not at a nudist/clothing-optional club, the locations we choose tend to be away from heavily populated recreation areas so that we have as much peace and quiet as possible.
13-1402. Indecent exposure; classifications
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:
Section 1. Section 13-1402, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:
13-1402. Indecent exposure; exception; classification
A. A person commits indecent exposure if he or she exposes his or her genitals or anus or she exposes the areola or nipple of her breast or breasts and another person is present, and the defendant is reckless about whether
such THE other person, as a reasonable person, would be offended or alarmed by the act.
B. INDECENT EXPOSURE DOES NOT INCLUDE AN ACT OF BREAST-FEEDING BY A MOTHER.
B. C. Indecent exposure TO A PERSON WHO IS FIFTEEN OR MORE YEARS OF AGE is a class 1 misdemeanor. Indecent exposure to a person WHO IS under the age of fifteen years OF AGE is a class 6 felony.
APPROVED BY THE GOVERNOR APRIL 17, 2006.
FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE APRIL 17, 2006.
For more information, please read
ARIZONA 13-1402 Indecent Exposure Classifications.