The use of metal detectors or any form of relic hunting at Minute Man National Historical Park is illegal. Violation of the Archaeological Resources Protection Act is a FELONY offense and may include charges or penalties up to five years' imprisonment and a fine of up to $100,000. Anyone found in possession of a metal detector on park property will be prosecuted. Only NPS-controlled and supervised archeological investigations are permitted on park property. Metal detecting and the removal of artifacts from historic sites destroys the context of the artifact and possibly of an entire site and the knowledge that goes with it. It is also theft of public property.
Firearms in National Parks:
The law governing possession of firearms inside a national park changed on February 22, 2010.
Visitors may possess firearms within a national park unit provided they comply with federal, state, and local laws.
The role of the responsible gun owner is to know and obey the federal, state, and local laws appropriate to the park they are visiting.
Please remember that federal law prohibits firearms in certain park facilities and buildings. These places are marked with signs at public entrances.
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Minute Man National Historical Park has a carry in, carry out policy. What you tote in, you must tote out. This includes any form of trash; bottles, cans, paper, left over lunch bags, wrappers, etc. There are no public trash receptacles in the Park to dispose of waste materials.
To ensure the safety and enjoyment of Minute Man National Historical Park and its resources to all visitors, please observe the following regulations if you are visiting with a pet.
BicyclesBicycles are allowed on park roads and in parking areas that are otherwise open for motor vehicle use by the general public.
Bicycles are allowed in Minute Man National Historical Park in the following areas and trails with special exceptions noted below:
Bicycles may not be ridden in fields, on lawns, or in undeveloped areas or off-trail.
For more information see the Superintendent's Compendium 36 CFR §4.30- Bicycles
Last updated: May 31, 2023