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
If you plan on filming or hosting a special event (activities outside a regular visit) at Canyon de Chelly National Monument, please contact the Permit Coordinator at Nmckerry@nps.gov for more information. Your request may require you to submit an application, fee and insurance certificate for consideration. Please allow 2-4 weeks for processing.
A permit may be required for an event to:
When is a permit needed for Still Photography?
Still photographers require a permit only when:
How do I apply for a permit?
Permit applications are available online at link below. You should submit a completed application along with any applicable fee to the park as far in advance of your planned activity as possible. In addition, you should request a meeting with park staff if your proposed activity is unusual or complex. Early consultation with park staff will help move the process forward.
Are there other permit requirements?
You may be required to obtain liability insurance naming the United States as additionally insured in an amount commensurate with the risk posed to park resources by your proposed activity. You may also be asked to post a bond to ensure the payment of all charges and fees and the restoration of the area if necessary.
Special Events - This application is for filming and events such as weddings and large group events.
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 27, 2023