There are a variety of rules and regulations that dictate how the parks must be managed. These laws and regulations help us protect park resources while also providing visitors with a safe and enjoyable experience.
In the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Superintendents of each unit of the National Park Service have the opinion to develop specific designations, closures, permit requirements, and other restrictions to address unique management needs of their particular unit. Within the CFR, Superintendents are given the authority to amend, modify, relax, or make more stringent certain regulations. These park specific regulations are incorporated into a document called the Superintendent's Compendium and are an extension of the CFR.
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, please visit our state’s website:
Texas Constitution and Statutes
(Select Penal Code, Chapter 46. Weapons)
Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park; those places are marked with signs at all public entrances.
Code of Federal Regulations
Federal Regulations that apply to all National Park Sites can be found in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).