Fees & Passes

No entrance pass required

An entrance pass is not required to access Arkansas Post National Memorial.

Other National Park Service sites may require an entrance pass or fee. Depending on your trip plans, an interagency pass may save you money.

2024 Free Entrance Days in the National Parks

Come experience the national parks! All National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone (other fees, including timed entry or reservation fees, may apply). Mark your calendar for these entrance fee-free dates:


Special Use Permits

Individuals or groups seeking to utilize the park for commercial or special event purposes must contact the park at least 30 days prior to the event to obtain a Special Use Permit.
Please note: There may be a cost associated with Special Use Permits.


Groups planning to schedule a special tour or program with the park should contact the park and make a reservation at least one week prior to their scheduled visit. Ranger availability varies throughout the year.

Reservations are NOT accepted for the picnic area.


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. Therefore, some first amendment activities require special use permit. The National Park Service may regulate the time, place, and manner in which they are conducted.

The necessity of permit to conduct first amendment activities is determined by the group size as wells as:

  1. Group wants to hold a demonstration or distribute and/or sell printed matter somewhere outside a designated first amendment area and/or
  2. Group wants to use equipment (i.e. tables, banners, platforms, etc.) even if it is within a designated area. and/or
  3. Group is merely an extension of another group already availing itself of the 25-person maximum. and/or
  4. Group wants to guarantee they will have priority for the use of a location, including the designated first amendment areas.

Group Size

A large group is defined as "more than 25 people." Groups with more than 25 people are required to obtain a first amendment permit even if they are utilizing a park designated First Amendment site. Per 36 CFR 2.51(c) and 2.52(b)(1), “demonstrations and the sale or the distribution of printed matter by 25 or fewer persons may be conducted without a permit in the available areas designated…”

Examples of special events that fall under First Amendment Activities

  • Distribution an/or sale of printed matter
  • Religious services
  • Public demonstrations or assemblies, etc.

Designated First Amendement Activities Areas

First amendment and public assembly activities are limited to designated fist amendment activity areas as described in the Superintendent's Compendium.


There are no permit fees associated with first amendment activities permits.

How to exercise your First Amendment Right

  1. Download and complete the special use permit application.
  2. Submit the completed special use permit application by email to ARPO_information@nps.gov or call us at 870-548-2210 for other options.
  3. Once received, most applications for permits requests will be processed within ten days.
  4. After review of your application, your permit will be emailed to you or you may pick it up in person at the park. To pick up your permit in person, make an appointment by emailing ARPO_information@nps.gov and write in the subject line “appointment” or call us at 870-548-2210.

If You Have Additional Questions...

If you have questions regarding first amendment activities at the park, we encourage you to contact the Special Use Permit Coordinator at ARPO_information@nps.gov or call us at 870-548-2210. Please include "1st Amendment activities" in the subject line.


Last updated: February 5, 2024

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Gillett, AR 72055


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