Alcohol Ban for Visitor Safety
From June 1 through August 31, the consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages without a permit is prohibited. During Music Under the Stars concerts, alcohol may be purchased within the memorial boundary. More »
Trail Improvements Begin July 2014
From July 8 through September 30, 2014 crews will resurface sections of the park's walking trail and install new drainage culverts. Sections of trail will be temporarily closed. For your safety, please obey all closure signs. More »
Construction Activity Near E Paisano Drive and S San Marcial Street
If entering the park from E Paisano Drive and S Marcial Street please be extra cautious. Pay close attention to the temporary road signs during the ongoing construction activity there.
Laws & Policies
Firearms at Chamizal National Memorial
As of February 22, 2010, a new federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws, to legally possess firearms in this park.
It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal laws before entering this park. As a starting point, please visit our state's website.
Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park; those places are marked with signs at all public entrances.
Alcohol Ban at Chamizal National Memorial
Because of heavy alcohol consumption, the safety risks for visitors and National Park Service personnel have reached unacceptable limits. Many accidents have occurred; some of them resulting in traumatic injuries. A number of violent crimes and increasing levels of illegal behavior have created an atmosphere that is inconsistent with the goal of providing a safe, rewarding, cultural and recreational experience for park visitors. Also, litter control, destruction of property and defacing of government assets are reaching unacceptable levels during our peak season. Consequently, alcoholic beverages are banned from the park during the summer.
The prohibition against possession of alcohol was effective on June 1, 2011. Between June 1st and August 31st, citations will be issued, alcohol confiscated, and convictions may result in the entry into or use of the area denied for possession of alcohol in the designated areas.
For more information regarding the ban on alcohol at the park, please click here for responses to FAQs.
Did You Know?
The Siglo de Oro Drama Festival, the longest running festival of its kind in the world, is held at the Memorial yearly and has attained an international reputation for featuring quality presentations from Spain's Golden Age, in both English and Spanish, by theatrical groups from all over the world. More...