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.

Read the official Enabling Legislation here.

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 part resources. The necessity of a permit to conduct First Amendment activities is determined by the group size. 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 do not meet any of the conditions listed below. Under the small group permit exception individuals or groups may gather anywhere within the Federally Managed portion of the park, except those areas from which such activity is restricted: Headquarters, Visitor Center, Lava Shadows Resource Building, and all parking lots for these buildings as well as the Rinconada Canyon and Volcanoes Day Use Area parking lots.

A permit is required for a small group if the small group:

a. wants to use equipment (i.e. tables, banners, platforms, etc.) even if it is within the designated small group area.

b. is merely an extension of another group already availing itself of the 25 person maximum.

c. wants to guarantee that they will have priority for the use of the location, including the designated First Amendment areas.

d. wants to use a sound system for the event.

A "large group" is defined as "more than 25 people" and is required to obtain a First Amendment Permit even if they are using a park designated First Amendment site (located north of Gate #15 at the entrance to the old road to Vulcan at the Volcano Day Use Area.

Some examples of special events that fall under the First Amendment Rules:

· Distribution and/or sales of printed matter

· Religious services

· Public Demonstrations or assemblies

First Amendment activities that require a permit are restricted to the current First Amendment areas:

1) Las Imágenes Visitor Center patio as long as access to the visitor is in no way restricted (Small group, 25 or fewer people).

2) North of Gate #15 at the entrance to the old road to Vulcan at the Volcano Day Use Area (any group size)

There are no permit fees associated with First Amendment permits.

Print a Special Use Permit application

Mail or drop-off completed forms to:

Chief Ranger
Petroglyph National Monument
6001 Unser Blvd. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87120

Contact the Chief of Resource Protection at 505-899-0205 x233 more information about Designated First Amendment sites or the application process.

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