Permits & Reservations

Group hiking in canyon
 

ALERT: The Navajo Nation is currently closed to visitors and under Stay at Home & Curfew orders.

BACKCOUNTRY PERMITS AVAILABLE UPON REOPENING

The Navajo Parks and Recreation Department (NPRD) office located near the entrance of the Cottonwood Campground issues backcountry permits for canyon tours and collects fees for overnight camping. Please contact NPRD at 928-674-2106 for more information.

SPECIAL USE PERMITS AVAILABLE UPON REOPENING

Changes to Commercial Filming Permits in the Parks

On January 22, 2021, the US District Court for the District of Columbia issued a decision in Price v. Barr determining the permit and fee requirements applying to commercial filming under 54 USC 100905, 43 CFR Part 5, and 36 CFR Part 5 are unconstitutional. The National Park Service is currently determining how this decision will be implemented.

Following the recent court decision, the National Park Service will not be implementing or enforcing the commercial filming portions of 43 CFR Part 5 until further notice, including accepting applications, issuing permits, enforcing the terms and conditions of permits, issuing citations related to permits, or collecting cost recovery and location fees for commercial filming activities.

As regulations regarding commercial filming permits are being reassessed, those interested in commercial filming activities on land managed by the National Park Service are encouraged to contact the park directly for more information about filming in the park and to discuss how to minimize potential impacts to visitors and sensitive park resources. THE NAVAJO NATION HAS ITS OWN COMMERCIAL FILMING REGULATIONS AND MAY REQUIRE AN APPLICATION, INSURANCE AND FEES BEFORE A PERMIT WILL BE ISSUED.

Do I need a permit to film?

Currently, the National Park Service is not issuing commercial filming permits, but is in the process of evaluating how best to regulate filming activities that affect visitors and park resources. All applicable laws and regulations governing activities and public use in parks still apply, including park hours and areas open and closed to the public. Videographers, filmers, producers, directors, and other staff associated with commercial filming are reminded that rules and regulations that apply to all park visitors still apply to filming activities even if no permit is needed for their activity. Check with the park staff for more information on closures, sensitive resources, and other safety tips. THE NAVAJO NATION HAS ITS OWN COMMERCIAL FILMING REGULATIONS AND MAY REQUIRE AN APPLICATION, INSURANCE AND FEES BEFORE A PERMIT WILL BE ISSUED.

Are filmers still required to pay fees to film in parks?

As of January 22, 2021, the National Park Service is no longer collecting application or location fees, or cost recovery for filming. THE NAVAJO NATION HAS ITS OWN COMMERCIAL FILMING REGULATIONS AND MAY REQUIRE AN APPLICATION, INSURANCE AND FEES BEFORE A PERMIT WILL BE ISSUED.

Other activities still require a Special Use Permit

Most special events in the park require a Special Use Permit, issued only after the park determines that the activity will not damage the park's resources; will not disrupt the visitors' experience, or is not against the purpose for which the park was established.

Events such as commercial filming and photography, weddings and large group events may be charged adminstrative fees, require liability insurance and security bond. Some events may even require compliance and clearance from the Navajo Tribal Preservation Office. Please CAREFULLY READ the information and submit a complete application packet 30 DAYS IN ADVANCE.


Special Events - This information and application is for events such as weddings and large group events.

Commercial Photography - This information and application is for commerical photography.

UNMANNED AIRCRAFT USE

The park receives inquiries about the use of drones in the park. Drones are not permitted within the boundaries of Canyon de Chelly National Monument. There is more information about the use of unmanned aircrafts under Laws & Policies.
 
 

Last updated: February 10, 2021

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Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 588
Chinle, AZ 86503

Phone:

(928) 674-5500

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