Petroglyph National Monument was authorized by Congress on June 27, 1990 to protect petroglyphs and other significant natural and cultural resources, and to facilitate research activities associated with the resources.
Like each of its sister national parks, Petroglyph must balance the competing demands of its dual mission: providing for a fulfilling visitor experience and protecting the significant resources located here.
For more information read the Superintendent's Compendium
First Amendment Activities
Freedom of speech, press, religion and assembly are constitutional rights. However, the courts have recognized that activities associated with the exercise of these rights may be reasonably regulated to protect park resources. The necessity of a permit to conduct First Amendment activities is determined by the group size, either a "small group" or a "large group." This guidance affects only the Federally managed Atrisco Unit of Petroglyph National Monument.
A "small group" is defined as 25 people or less. A small group is not required to obtain a First Amendment Permit if they are located within a park designated First Amendment site and have no more than leaflets, booklets, and/or hand held signs. A permit is required for any "small group" that:
b. is merely an extension of another "small group" already exceeding the 25 person maximum.
c. wants to guarantee they will have priority for the use of a location, including the designated First Amendment site.
d. wants to use a sound system, tables, banners or platforms, etc.
A "large group" is defined as more than 25 people and is required to obtain a First Amendment Permit even if they are utilizing a park designated First Amendment site.
Some examples of events that fall under the First Amendment Rules:
Mail or drop-off completed forms with original signatures to:
Contact the Chief of Resource Protection at (505) 899-0205 x233 for more information about designated First Amendment sites or the application process.