Special Use Permits
A special park use is a short-term activity that takes place in a park area and provides a benefit to an individual, group or organization, rather than the public at large. The National Park Service may permit a special park use providing the activity will not cause derogation of the park's resources or values, visitor experiences, or the purpose for which the park was established. Primary consideration will be given to potential resource damage, anticipated disruption of normal public use, and previously approved permitted activities. Fort Union National Monument issues permits for the following activities:
Please review the Superintendent's Compendium for guidance on your proposed activity prior to submitting a special use permit application. Individuals or organizations interested in applying for a special use permit may first call the park at (505-425-8025) to discuss the possibility. If you are not familiar with Fort Union National Monument, a preliminary visit is advisable. The location where the event is to take place needs to be determined before a permit is issued. There may be special restrictions in the area that could limit access.
Application for Special Use Permits
If an applicant wishes to proceed, they must fill out the Application for a Special Use Permit and send it to the park to the attention of the Superintendent. Unless requested use is an exercise of a First Amendment right, applications must be accompanied by a non-refundable $100.00 check made out to "The National Park Service."
If approved, a Special Use Permit will be sent to the applicant, along with a Hold Harmless Clause. Both must be signed and returned to the Superintendent before the permit approval is final.
Some Permit Limitations
Please remember that this is a historic site and is not designed for private parties, receptions, or recreational purposes unrelated to the park's mission.
Click on the desired link for further information and permit application forms. The application forms are in Adobe PDF format. Once completed, the permit application must be printed and signed. The application can then be faxed or mailed to the park (contact information provided on the application) or scanned and emailed. Applications are not considered complete until all requirements have been submitted, including the application fees and liability insurance certificates (except for First Amendment applications).
Application: To apply for a permit, complete the form 10-930 for a special use, form 10-931 for still photography with a crew of less than 10 people on crew or form 10-932 for still photography with a crew of more than nine people. Submit it to the Special Park Use Coordinator, Fort Union National Monument, allowing a minimum of 4 weeks for evaluation by the park staff before the start date for your activity in the park. All efforts will be made to expedite the permitting process, however permits completion may take longer than 4 weeks.
Last updated: February 5, 2021