Laws & Policies
In 1984, the monument was set aside as a biosphere reserve by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization under its Man and the Biosphere Program.
PL 103-433. 1994. Desert Protection Act. Added 234,000 acres to the unit and changed its status from national monument to national park. Designated an additional 163,000 acres of land as wilderness.
The Superintendent's Compendium (2 MB PDF) is a compilation of designations, closures, permit requirements, and other restrictions made by the superintendent, in addition to what is contained in Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations (Chapter 1, Parts 1 through 7 and 34), and other applicable federal statutes and regulations.
The Park Special Uses Guideline (5.3 MB PDF) was developed to guide management in the implementation of the special park use program in a manner that preserves the visitor experience while providing for resource protection.
Park management is also guided by National Park Service Management Policies 2006 (2.5 MB PDF).
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, visit the California Attorney General's website.
Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park; those places are marked with signs at all public entrances.