Fees and Passes
There is no fee to visit Aztec Ruins National Monument. For those wishing to obtain America the Beautiful Interagency Passes, we cannot distribute any passes that cost money at the visitor center. We are able to issue Access Passes and Military Passes for those eligible, as well as 4th Grade Passes for students with the required voucher, since all of these passes are free. The nearest locations where other passes, including the Annual and Senior Passes, can be purchased are the Bureau of Land Management Office in Farmington, NM and at Mesa Verde National Park.
Bringing Groups to Aztec Ruins
Aztec Ruins National Monument welcomes group visits! There is a bus unloading area, and plenty of oversized parking spaces for busses and RVs. There is no parking fee and the picnic area is a great place to gather for groups that will meet here. Please call the visitor center at (505) 334-6174 during business hours or contact us at email@example.com to notify park staff when you plan to arrive, to check for conditions, and to notify us of any necessary accommodations (i.e. for disabled visitors). Specific permits, as outlined below, are required for commercial tours and special events.
Commercial Use Authorization
Commercial Use Authorizations are required for commercial tour companies that provide their own interpretive services, workshops, or other instruction in the park. Tour companies that simply provide transportation for guests to use the self-guided trail or ranger-guided programs do not need a Commercial Use Authorization. Commercial Use Authorizations require a $100 non-refundable application fee. Click on the Commercial Use Authorization link above to access the applications required.
Special Use Permit
Special Use Permits are required for any activity outside of normal visitor use such as weddings, private events or programs, after hours activities, or off-trail access. Any individual, group, society or organization may request a Special Use Permit. Special Use Permits require a $100 non-refundable application fee. If staff monitoring is required, additional costs will apply.
Commercial Filming Permit
Generally, Filming Permits are required for photography, filming, and associated sound recording when they involve props, models, professional crews, and casts or set dressings. Permits are issued to ensure the protection of resources and to prevent significant disruption of normal visitor uses. Permits are also required for access to areas normally closed to the visiting public. Filming Permits require a $100 non-refundable application fee. If staff monitoring is required, additional costs will apply.
Requests will be evaluated on the basis of the information in the application. You are encouraged to attach maps, diagrams, script pages or storyboards to assist the park staff in evaluating your request. (Since the National Park Service cannot censor content, submission of scripts and storyboards is voluntary.)
All costs of evaluating the request will be billed to the applicant, whether a permit is issued or not. In compliance with the requirements of the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996, the applicant must submit their social security number or federal tax ID number when filling out the application for permit. Applications will not be processed if submitted incomplete or are received without payment.
Last updated: March 4, 2023