Laws & Policies

Guidance for Protecting Castillo de San Marcos NM


Unmanned Aircraft

The public may not launch, land, or operate unmanned aircraft (aka remote piloted vehicles, or drones) in the national parks.

Read the Director's Policy Memorandum 14-05.

You may also want to refer to this page on unmanned aircraft use in the National Parks.

Regulations covering all National Park Service lands are contained in the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 36, Chapter 1 also known as 36 CFR.


Firearms in the Park

As of February 22, 2010, a new federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws, to legally possess firearms in this park.

It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before entering this park.

As a starting point about firearms laws, please select the first link below which will take you to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) website. ATF's Library is the central repository where people can locate forms, publications and other laws, regulations, and rulings.

For State Reciprocity Agreement:

Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park; those places are marked with signs at all public entrances.

If you have any questions or concerns please e-mail the Chief Ranger or contact Law Enforcement at 904-829-6506.


National Park Service Organic Act

Passed in 1916, this law created the National Park Service and established its mission:

“to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wildlife therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.”

National Park Service Mission

The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The National Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout the United States and the world.

Last updated: February 5, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1 South Castillo Drive
Saint Augustine, FL 32084


(904) 829-6506

Contact Us