• Natural Bridge Trail


    National Monument Arizona

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  • Visitor Center Summer Hours in Effect Beginning May 1, 2014

    Summer hours are in effect for the visitor center from May 1 - October 12, 2014 from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. The hikers' shuttle will leave the visitor center at 9 am. For more information call 520-824-3560 0. More »

  • Entrance and Camping Fees Waived this Summer

    From June 1 through September 30, all entrance fees will be waived and federal lands passes will not be available for purchase at the park. More »

  • Mushroom Rock Trail Closed to Horses, Hikers Use Caution

    Mushroom Rock Trail is closed to horses due to hazardous conditions caused by recent flooding. Hikers use caution. Trail is washed out in place and may be difficult to follow.



Certain types of activities require a special use permit. These include many types of organized gatherings, distribution of printed material and other public expressions of opinion, and other activities that are controlled or prohibited. See the following definitions and examples to determine if your use might be included.

A special park use is defined as a short-term activity that takes place in a park area, and that:

  1. Provides a benefit to an individual, group, or organization rather than the public at large;
  2. Requires written authorization and some degree of management control from the National Park Service (NPS) in order to protect park resources and the public interest;
  3. Is not prohibited by law or regulation;
  4. Is not initiated, sponsored, or conducted by the NPS; and
  5. Is not managed under a concession contract, a recreation activity for which the NPS charges a fee, or a lease.

Application Fee: $100.00 (non-refundable)
Additional Fees: vary
Application Form

Application short Form

Special Use Permits are required for the following activities (see Superintendent's Compendium):

  • The areas designated for special events, public assemblies and distribution of printed matter with more than 25 participants are: Bonita Canyon parking lots, Massai Point, and Faraway Ranch and the trailhead and visitor center areas (with restriction) of Fort Bowie NHS
  • Public assemblies/special events and meetings, gatherings, parades, demonstrations, or other public expressions of views with more than 25 participants are subject to the conditions of this regulation
  • The public assembly/special event permit may be canceled at the discretion of the Superintendent
    when an emergency or potentially hazardous condition exists
  • Public assembly/special events shall not interfere with normal public use or pedestrian flow.
  • Public assembly/special events shall not take place during hours of darkness
  • Noise levels must not exceed the limits established in 36 CFR 2 12, Audio disturbances
  • The commercial sale of items other than the printed matter approved for sale with a permit is prohibited
  • The permit holder is responsible for cleaning the public assembly/special event area upon the completion of the event
  • Engaging or soliciting any business
  • Commercial photography or filming

Commercial Filming & Photography

Educational Fee Waivers

Contact Katy Hooper at 520-366-5515 x 2310 for additional information.

Did You Know?

Blacktail Rattlesnake

Chiricahua National Monument is home to several species of snakes including the black-tail rattlesnake, whose tail is really black.