Visitor Center Rennovations
Park is having major heating/cooling system work done. The Visitor Center is closed (we don't know how long-mid July?) but restrooms, movie auditorium, historic ruins area, and picnic area remain open (no fees or pass sales during rennovation)
Most of our park visitors will not need a special permit. The receipt from paying your entrance fee or the presentation of your America the Beautiful pass is your permit for a general visit to the park.
Visitors using the park grounds for commercial activities or private events do need a permit. Please read the Special Use Permit Policy document to see if your planned event needs a permit. If you have questions not answered within these documents please call the park, we'll be happy to assist or suggest possible alternatives.
Special Use Permit Policy (48.6 KB PDF file)
Special Use Permit- Application Form 10-930 (36 KB PDF file)
Commercial Photography (Still Photographs, Video, Movies)
a.the activity takes place at location(s) where or when members of the public are generally not allowed; or
b.the activity uses model(s), sets(s), or prop(s) that are not a part of the location's natural or cultural resources or administrative facilities; or
c.the park would incur additional administrative costs to monitor the activity;
d.The park needs to provide management and oversight to:
1.avoid impairment or incompatible use of the resources and values of the park, or
2.limit resource damage, or
3.minimize health or safety risks to the visiting public.
3.News coverage does not require a permit, for either filming or still photography, but is subject to time, place, and manner restrictions, if warranted, to maintain order and ensure the safety of the public and the media, and protect natural and cultural resources.
Commercial Photography Permit Application Short Form 10-931 (127 KB PDF file)
Commercial Photography Permit Application Form 10-932 for complex projects (201 KB PDF file)
Did You Know?
The ancient Sonoran Desert people made shell jewelry bracelets, rings, necklaces and pendants. Some of the jewelry was inlaid with turquoise, others had designs etched into the surface. The shells were acquired from as far away as the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of California.