• Looking up at the Gateway Arch

    Jefferson

    National Expansion Memorial Missouri

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  • Due to the Industrial Rope Access Project at the Gateway Arch

    Visitors may enter the Arch at the south leg only. Tram rides to the top are still available, the observation deck at the top will have restrictions. Usual walking paths may be closed; please look for signage or a Ranger for walking directions.

Laws & Policies

Firearms and Other Weapons

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 firearms laws before entering this park. As a starting point, please visit our state's website, http://www.moga.mo.gov/statutes/C571.htm.

Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park; those places are marked with signs at all public entrances. These facilities include the Arch Visitor Center, the Old Courthouse, offices in the Arch Parking Garage, and all Maintenance facilities.


Superintendent's Compendium

Federal law requires that park superintendents Superintendents maintain a written compilation of all designations, closures, permit requirements, and other restrictions imposed under discretionary authority. This compilation, known as the "Superintendent's compendium," is updated annually and be made available to the public.

Click here to read the Superintendent's compendium for Jefferson National Expansion Memorial.

 
Volunteer giving information to a visitor at the Gateway Arch Visitor Center
An NPS ranger and a park volunteer speak to visitors about the activities available at the park.

Did You Know?

Drawing of Dred Scott from Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, 1857

In 1846, a slave named Dred Scott sued for his freedom at the St. Louis Courthouse. His case went all the way to the Supreme Court, where the verdict set the stage for the Civil War. Today, the Old Courthouse is part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. Click to learn more about Dred Scott. More...