The Code of Federal Regulations 36 CFR parts 1-199 and the Park Compendium (PDF - 690 KB) provide a complete listing of park rules and regulations. These most specific rules are developed with public input to implement applicable law.
36CFR, PART 7.55--Special Regulations - Areas of the National Park Service
The following information can be located at 36CFR, PART 2--RESOURCE PROTECTION, PUBLIC USE AND RECREATION. These are some of the more frequently cited regulations.
Service-wide policy for the National Park Service is developed by the Office of Policy with public input and in accordance with applicable laws. Policies dictate many of the overall directions and procedures used by all parks. Check out the National Park Service Office of Policy website for more information.
Laws are created by Congress and establish the highest order of legal authority over national parks. Many laws, including the 1916 Organic Act which created the National Park Service, affect all areas managed by the National Park Service.
Last updated: December 27, 2023