Visitors & GPS Users: Please go to the Visitor Center (Unser at Western Trail)
To find the visitor center please use the coordinates provided in the 'Directions' link. Otherwise you will get lost driving in various neighborhoods that surround the monument. Do not go to Headquarters (6001 Unser Blvd.) it is not designed for visitors. More »
See petroglyphs at Boca Negra & Piedras Marcadas Canyons
Petroglyph viewing is available at Boca Negra and Piedras Marcadas Canyons. Rinconada Canyon is temporarily closed due to trail collapse and unsafe trail conditions. Per Superintendent's Order: T36 CFR 1.5(f).
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 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 "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:
First Amendment activities that require a permit are restricted to the current First Amendment areas:
There are no permit fees associated with First Amendment permits.
Mail or drop-off completed forms to: