2019 Superintendent's Compendium
Designations, closures, permit requirements, and other restrictions and/or specifications imposed under the discretionary authority of the Superintendent, Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations (hereinafter ‘C.F.R.’), Chapter I.
In accordance with the delegated authority contained within the regulations in Title 36, C.F.R., Chapter I, Parts 1 through 7, as authorized by Title 54, United States Code (hereinafter ‘U.S.C.’), Section 100101 and 100751, the following regulatory provisions are established for Petroglyph National Monument (hereinafter ‘Park’).
In addition to these regulations, written determinations that explain the reasoning behind the Superintendent’s discretionary authority are required by Title 36 C.F.R., Section 1.5 (c) and appear in this document after each regulation.
These regulatory provisions are enforceable and are an addition to the regulations contained in Title 36 C.F.R., Chapter I.
Visitors may obtain additional information or permit applications by contacting the Office of the Superintendent, PETR, 6001 Unser Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120. Information is also available at the park website at. http://www.nps.gov/petr
Recommended By: Date: October 22, 2019
Acting Chief Ranger
Approved By: Date: October 22, 2019
Nancy E. Hendricks
The Superintendent's Compendium is the summary of specific rules implemented under the discretionary authority of the Park Superintendent. It serves as public notice with an opportunity for public comment, identifies areas closed for public use, provides a list of activities requiring a special use permit or authorization, and elaborates on those public use and resource protection regulations that pertain to the specific administration of the park. Regulations found in 36 C.F.R. and other U . S.C. and C.F.R. titles are enforced in the park without further elaboration at the park level.
A copy of 36 C.F.R. can be purchased from the U.S. Government Printing Office at:
Superintendent of Documents
P.O. Box 371954
Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954
Or by calling: (202) 512-1800
The C.F.R. is also available on the internet at: http: // www.gpoaccess.gov/cfr/index.htm
The park is an area cooperatively managed by the National Park Service (hereinafter ‘NPS’) and the City of Albuquerque Open Space Division (hereinafter ‘ABQOSD’). The park is currently under proprietary legislative jurisdiction. See the definition of proprietary legislative jurisdiction in Appendix B.
Due to the current jurisdiction status and land ownership arrangement, the enforcement of the regulations contained in this compendium are further explained and authorized within a Cooperative Management Agreement from May 2013 entered into by and between ABQOSD and the NPS. This agreement meets the requirements of 36 C.F.R. Section 1.2(a) (2) in regards to a ‘written instrument’. The updated revision of this agreement for 2018 has not been approved and signed off by the parties involved.
The 2013 agreement reads as follows: NPS law enforcement Rangers…may enforce regulations found in 36 C.F.R. Chapter I on all lands within the Atrisco Unit (pursuant to this agreement), and 36 C.F.R. Chapter I, Parts 2 and 4 on all other lands owned by the city or United States within the Congressionally authorized boundaries, regardless of property ownership. In short, all Parts of 36 C.F.R. Chapter I are enforced in the Atrisco Unit. Only Parts 2 and 4 of 36 C.F.R. Chapter I are enforced in the other areas of the park (per the agreement).
Only NPS Law Enforcement Park Rangers can enforce the requirements of the U.S.C., C.F.R. Titles, and this Superintendent's compendium. However, many federal laws and regulations have similar statutes found in state and local law.
Many of the requirements of this compendium complement existing state/local law and other regulations that are in effect within the park, and are enforced by state and local law enforcement officers. However, if a state or local law is currently enacted, this compendium does not replace or repeal that law.
A person who violates any provision of the regulations found in 36 C.F.R. Parts 1-7, along with this compendium, is subject to a fine as provided by law (18 U.S.C. 3571) up to $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for organizations, or by imprisonment not exceeding six months (18 U.S.C. 3559), or both, and shall be adjudged to pay all court costs associated with any court proceedings.
The compendium is reviewed annually and the park welcomes comments about its programs and activities at any time. Comments specific to the Superintendent's compendium will be accepted any time. Any changes to this compendium recommended by the public or others, and accepted by the Superintendent, will be incorporated into the compendium without further public comment and review and will be included in the next year’s compendium. Comments can be directed to the Chief Ranger’s Office at:
Petroglyph National Monument
6001 Unser Blvd NW
Albuquerque NM 87120
505-899-0205 x233 (phone)
Some of the terms used in this document are defined in Appendix B. If you are unsure about a specific term not listed, please consult 36 CFR Section 1.4 Definitions. You may access them at: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CFR-2011-title36-voI1 Ipdf/CFR-2011-title36-voI1-part1.pdf.
Copies of this compendium are available at http://www.nps.gov/petr/learn/management/index.htm. Hard copies are also maintained in the Chief Ranger’s office at 6001 Unser Blvd NW, Albuquerque NM 87120.
36 C.F.R. §1.5 Closures and Public Use Limits
(a)(1) The following visiting hours and public use limits are established for all or for the listed portions of the park; and the following closures are established for all or a portion of the park for all public use or for a specific use or activity:
The two gates into the Rinconada Canyon main trailhead parking lot are open 8:00 am – 5:00 pm seven days a week, including all holidays.
The access road gate into the Volcanoes Day Use Area is open from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm seven days a week, including all holidays.
The access road gate into the Boca Negra Area is open from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm seven days a week, except for three days (Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day).
The access road gate into the Las Imágenes Visitor Center area is open from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm seven days a week, except for three days (Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day).
The Las Imágenes Visitor Center is open from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm seven days a week, except for three days (Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day).
The park is closed to all public use from 30 minutes after sunset to 30 minutes prior to sunrise unless present under an approved permit issued by the Superintendent. The daily sunset/sunrise times for Albuquerque can be found at the following address: http://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/usa/albuquerque.
Determination: Petroglyph National Monument does not maintain staffing 24/7. Lack of artificial lighting on monument trails creates an unsafe environment during dark hours, which could lead to visitor injuries. Petroglyph National Monument was set aside to protect over 20,000 petroglyphs within the monument. The park has a documented history of vandalism (e.g., graffiti and gunshot damage to the petroglyphs), off-road driving and trash dumping. This activity commonly occurs during hours of darkness when the park is unstaffed and the illegal activity is unlikely to be witnessed by other visitors. This closure is consistent with ABQOSD Ordinances prohibiting presence on open space lands during later hours.
Rock Climbing or scrambling (whether technical (aided) or free (unaided) is prohibited in Petroglyph National Monument.
Determination: Allowing rock climbing would be contrary to the reasons for the establishment of Petroglyph National Monument, which is to protect the cultural, and natural resources, especially the petroglyphs, which are located primarily on the Escarpment. Rock climbing or scrambling, even on a limited basis, could result in unacceptable damage to the park’s resources (e.g., archeological sites, raptor habitat, etc.), especially its signature resource – the Petroglyphs.
Hot air balloon launchings and/or landings (including temporary touch-downs) are prohibited from/in Petroglyph National Monument.
Determination: Hot air balloon landings would be contrary to the reasons for the establishment of Petroglyph National Monument. Balloon landings are unpredictable and potentially destructive to fragile desert grasslands, sensitive archeological sites / structures and government property. Unauthorized launchings and/or landings can endanger persons, property and cultural/natural resources.
Launching, landing, or operating an ‘Unmanned Aircraft’ from or on lands administered by the NPS within the boundaries of the park is prohibited except as approved in writing by the superintendent. See the definition of ‘Unmanned Aircraft’ in the definition section. The term includes all types of devices that meet the definition (e.g., model airplanes, quad copters and drones) that are used for any purpose, including for recreation or commercial activity.
Determination: This compendium closure is necessary to maintain public health and safety in Petroglyph National Monument and to protect park resources and values until it can be determined whether specific uses of unmanned aircraft on lands under the administration of the park are appropriate and will not cause unacceptable impacts on park resources and values. These closures by the Superintendent implement Section 1.5 of NPS Management Policies 2006, which provides that a new form of park use may be allowed within a park only after a determination has been made in the professional judgment of the Superintendent that it will not result in unacceptable impacts on park resources and values. This new use of unmanned aircraft has the potential to cause unacceptable impacts such as harming visitors, interfering with rescue operations, causing excessive noise, impacting viewsheds and disturbing wildlife. These closures are a necessary, interim measure while this new use can be properly evaluated.
36 C.F.R. §1.6 Permits
(f)(1) A compilation of those activities requiring a permit shall be maintained by the Superintendent and available to the public upon request. Special Use Permits, Commercial Use Authorizations and Educational Permits are requested through the Chief Ranger. Research Permits and Cultural Use Permits are requested through the Chief of Resources Management. Both offices can be contacted through the main phone number at 505-899-0205.
The following are activities that require permits:
36 C.F.R. 1.5(d) For any exceptions to Closures and Public Use Limits as stated in this document
36 C.F.R. 2.1(c)(1) Collection of plants, fruits, berries, nuts or other similar natural resource products by tribal or non-tribal entities.
36 C.F.R. 2.5 Research Permits (including any scientific research and specimen collection)
36 C.F.R. 2.12 Audio Disturbances (chain saws, public address systems, portable motors, etc.)
36 C.F.R. 2.17 Aircraft and Air Delivery (delivery or retrieval of a person or object by air, removal of a downed aircraft, landing of an aircraft)
36 C.F.R. 2.37 Non-commercial soliciting or demanding gifts, money, goods or services
36 C.F.R. 2.38 (b) Use or Possession of Explosives and/or Fireworks
36 C.F.R. 2.50 (a) Conduct ing a sports event, pageant, regatta, public spectator attraction, entertainment, ceremony, and/or similar events.
36 C.F.R. 2.51 (b) Public Assemblies, meetings, gatherings, demonstrations, parades and other public expressions of views
36 C.F.R. 2.52 (b) Sale or distribution of printed material
36 C.F.R. 2.60(b) Livestock Use
36 C.F.R. 2.61(a) Residing on Federal Lands
36 C.F.R. 2.62 (b) Scattering of Human Ashes from Cremation
36 C.F.R. 5.1 Displaying, posting, or distributing commercial notices or advertisements.
36 C.F.R. 5.3 Engaging in or soliciting any business.
36 C.F.R. 5.5(a) Commercial filming of motion pictures or television with professional casts, settings, or crews except bona fide newsreel or news television.
36 C.F.R. 5.5(b) Still photography of vehicles, other articles of commerce or models for the purpose of commercial advertising.
36 C.F.R. 5.6(c) Use of commercial vehicles on monument roads to access adjacent private lands.
36 C.F.R. 5.7 Constructing or attempting to construct any building, structure, dock, road, trail, path, or public/private utility upon, across, over, through, or under any monument area.
36 C.F.R. §2.1 Preservation of Natural, Cultural and Archaeological Resources
(b) Hiking or pedestrian traffic is restricted to the trailhead or the designated trails in the following monument areas.
Volcanoes Day Use Area (there is no designated trail access to the top of JA Volcano or Vulcan Volcano, access is allowed only through the issuance of an approved permit or by Superintendent authorization)
Additional regulations regarding the trails the public will be required to stay on will be determined upon completion of the Visitor Use Management Plan.
Determination: These are areas of high cultural sensitivity and these restrictions are required for protection of park resources, re-vegetation of landscape, erosion-control efforts, reduction of un-authorized paths and to create a more organized and sustainable system of trails in these areas of the monument.
Section 2.2 Wildlife Protection
(e) Use of an artificial light for purposes of viewing wildlife in the park is prohibited.
Determination: Petroglyph National Monument is a day use park. Night viewing of wildlife with artificial lights has no place within the enabling legislation of the monument and the protection of its resources.
36 C.F.R. § 2.10 Camping
There are no designated camping areas within the park; and therefore, no overnight camping is allowed.
Determination: Petroglyph National Monument is located in an urban area with numerous options for camping and lodging within the city of Albuquerque. The park has minimal staff and no facilities or infrastructure to accommodate overnight camping.
36 C.F.R. §2.13 Fires
(a)(1) Lighting or maintaining an open fire in the park is prohibited.
(a)(2) The following restrictions are in effect for the use of stoves or lanterns:
The use of a propane, gas, or any other fuel powered “Coleman” type stove or lantern is limited to the parking lots and/or picnic areas at Las Imagenes Visitor Center, Rinconada Canyon Trailhead, Volcanoes Day Use Area or Boca Negra.
During extreme fire danger by order of the Superintendent, additional closures and/or fire restrictions may be posted and enforced.
Determination: Albuquerque is a desert environment and relatively dry year-round with a high fuel loading of grass and tumbleweeds, so a wildland fire start is a constant concern. The park is an urban interface wildland fire area that has residential and commercial development directly on the boundaries of the park. Visitor safety and property would be in serious jeopardy with a fire start. Visitors may contact the park visitor center (x335) or admin office (x221) at (505) 899-0205, or check the park website at to see current conditions and any posted fire restriction notices. www.nps.gov/petr
36 C.F.R. § 2.15 Pets
(a)(1) *Pets are allowed in all areas of the park that are open to the public including developed and back country areas, EXCEPT for the Macaw, Cliff Base, Mesa Point and other officially designated petroglyph viewing trails within the Boca Negra Unit (service animals are exempt). See the definition of a service animal in Appendix B.
(a)(2) Failing to crate, cage, restrain on a leash which shall not exceed six feet in length, or otherwise physically confine a pet at all times while in all areas of the park is prohibited.
(a)(3) Pets are not allowed to be unattended and/or tied to an object in the park unless it is due to a serious incident or emergency.
(a)(5)Pet excrement must be immediately collected and removed from the park by the pet owner.
Trash receptacles and ‘mutt mitt’ stations for collecting and disposing of pet excrement are provided at some park trailheads and facilities.
* Additional regulations regarding allowable pet use in the park will be determined upon completion of the Visitor Use Management Plan.
Determination: These restrictions are necessary to provide for the protection of park resources, wildlife and public safety. While visiting the park with pets can be a positive pet owner experience, pets have been shown to have negative impacts on park resources, wildlife, and visitors. These impacts include, noise, pursuit and harassment of wildlife, defecation, scent marking of wildlife habitat and aggressive, violent behavior. These restrictions are also necessary to keep pets safe from park wildlife, such as rattlesnakes and coyotes.
36 C.F.R. §2.16 Horses and Pack Animals
36 C.F.R. §2.17 – Aircraft and Air Delivery
(c)(1) The removal of a downed aircraft, components, or parts thereof is allowed, with prior written authorization from the Superintendent of Petroglyph National Monument who will subsequently establish removal procedures.
(d) The use of aircraft in the park shall be in accordance with regulations of the Federal Aviation Administration. Such regulations, including but not limited to the following, are adopted as a part of these regulations.
14 C.F.R. 91.119 – Minimum safe altitudes: General. §
Except when necessary for takeoff or landing, no person may operate an aircraft below the following altitudes:
(a) Anywhere. An altitude allowing, if a power unit fails, an emergency landing without undue hazard to persons or property on the surface
(b) Over any congested area of a city, town, or settlement, or over any open-air assembly of persons, an altitude of 1,000 feet above the highest obstacle within a horizontal radius of 2,000 feet of the aircraft. Over congested areas.
(c) An altitude of 500 feet above the surface, except over open water or sparsely populated areas. In those cases, the aircraft may not be operated closer than 500 feet to any person, vessel, vehicle, or structure. Over other than congested areas.
(d) If the operation is conducted without hazard to persons or property on the surface— Helicopters, powered parachutes, and weight-shift-control aircraft.
(1) A helicopter may be operated at less than the minimums prescribed in paragraph (b) or (c) of this section, provided each person operating the helicopter complies with any routes or altitudes specifically prescribed for helicopters by the FAA; and
(2) A powered parachute or weight-shift-control aircraft may be operated at less than the minimums prescribed in paragraph (c) of this section.
[Doc. No. 18334, 54 FR 34294, Aug. 18, 1989, as amended by Amdt. 91-311, , Feb. 1, 2010] 75 FR 5223
Determination: These restrictions are necessary to provide for the protection of sensitive cultural and natural resources in the park; to develop proper processes and procedures and to maintain an orderly, safe removal of aircraft-related items from the park. FAA regulations on safe altitudes will be monitored in the park to provide for visitor safety and enjoyment that would be expected within a national park environment.
36 C.F.R. §2.21 – Smoking
Smoking is prohibited in all government buildings within the park. Smoking is only allowed within private vehicles, designated parking areas and other locations designated by signage as smoking areas.
Determination: These restrictions are necessary to provide for the health and safety of the public and park employees by maintaining a smoke-free environment within enclosed buildings and reducing the chance of a fire start in the park vegetation. During extreme fire danger, additional smoking restrictions may be necessary to prevent the start of a wildland fire that would damage both park resources and surrounding communities.
36 C.F.R. §2.35 –Alcoholic Beverages*
(a)(3)(i) All areas of the monument are closed to the consumption of alcoholic beverages, and/or to the possession of a bottle, can or other receptacle containing an alcoholic beverage that is open, or has been opened, or whose seal has been broken or the contents of which have been partially removed.
* An exception will be made, if the consumption of alcoholic beverages is within the course of administrating a religious or cultural ceremony by a member of the Native American community.
Determination: Allowing the public consumption of alcoholic beverages is contrary to the purposes for which the park was established. Petroglyph National Monument does not maintain staffing on a 24/7 basis. Public consumption of alcoholic beverages on trails, escarpment rocks, open public land, primitive roadways and parking lots throughout the park would create an unsafe environment leading to visitor injuries. The park has a documented history of vandalism, trash dumping and shooting. Incidents of vandalism to the park resources, specifically the petroglyphs, increase with the use of alcoholic beverages and controlled substances. This restriction is also consistent with ABQOSD Ordinances.
36 C.F.R. § 2.51 Demonstrations
The amphitheater (southwest of the visitor center) is designated as a demonstration area for first amendment activities in the park. The park will allow through a permitting process other areas of the park for these activities depending on the specific activity requested. Demonstrations cannot interfere with foot traffic or block any public entrances. See Appendix A for a detailed map of the specific area.
36 C.F.R. § 2.52 Sale or Distribution of Printed Matter
The amphitheater (southwest of the visitor center) is designated as an acceptable for the sale or distribution of printed matter. Sale or distribution areas may not interfere with foot traffic or block any public entrance. See Appendix A for a detailed map of the specific area.
36 C.F.R. §2.62 – Memorialization
(b) A permit is required for the scattering of ashes from cremated human remains in the following areas, and/or according to the following terms and conditions:
The remains to be scattered must have been cremated and pulverized.
The scattering of remains by persons on the ground is to be performed at least 100 yards from any trail, road or developed area/facility.
The scattering of remains from the air is to be performed at a minimum altitude of 2000 feet above the ground.
No scattering of remains from the air is to be performed over developed areas or facilities.
Determination: These conditions for memorialization are given to provide for a safe, sanitary and orderly process for the park visitors and staff; while at the same time properly honoring and respecting the wishes of a deceased person and/or their loved ones.
36 CFR §4.30 – Bicycles*
Bicycle and E-bike use is prohibited in the park in all areas that have ‘no bicycles allowed’ signage.
“The term “e-bike” means a two or three-wheeled cycle with fully operable pedals and an electric motor of less than 750 watts (1 h.p.).
E-bikes are allowed in Petroglyph National Monument, where traditional bicycles are allowed. E-bikes are prohibited where traditional bicycles are prohibited. Except where use of motor vehicles by the public is allowed, using the electric motor to move an e-bike without pedaling is prohibited.
A person operating an e-bike is subject to the following sections of 36 CFR part 4 that apply to the use of traditional bicycles: sections 4.12, 4.13, 4.20, 4.21, 4.22, 4.23, and
Except as specified in this Compendium, the use of an e-bike within Petroglyph National Monument is governed by State law, which is adopted and made a part of this Compendium. Any violation of State law adopted by this paragraph is prohibited.”
* Additional regulations regarding the use of bicycles and E-bikes in the park will be determined upon completion of the Visitor Use Management Plan.
DESIGNATED AREAS FOR PUBLIC ASSEMBLY AND/OR
DESIGNATED AREAS FOR SALE AND/OR DISTRIBUTION
OF PRINTED MATERIAL.
DEFINITION OF TERMS
Archeological resource means material remains of past human life or activities that are of archeological interest and are at least 50 years of age. This term includes, but shall not be limited to, objects made or used by humans, such as pottery, basketry, bottles, weapons, weapon projectiles, tools, structures or portions of structures, pit houses, rock paintings, rock carvings, intaglios, or any portion or piece of the foregoing items, and the physical site, location or context in which they are found, or human skeletal materials or graves.
Camping means the erecting of a tent or shelter of natural or synthetic material, preparing a sleeping bag or other bedding material for use, parking of a motor vehicle, motor home or trailer, or mooring of a vessel for the apparent purpose of overnight occupancy.
Controlled substance means a drug or other substance, or immediate precursor, included in schedules I, II, III, IV, or V of part B of the Controlled Substance Act (21 U.S.C. 812) or a drug or substance added to these schedules pursuant to the terms of the Act.
Cultural resource means material remains of past human life or activities that are of significant cultural interest and are less than 50 years of age. This term includes, but shall not be limited to, objects made or used by humans, such as pottery, basketry, bottles, weapons, weapon projectiles, tools, structures or portions of structures, or any portion or piece of the foregoing items, and the physical site, location, or context in which they are found, or human skeletal materials or graves.
Developed area means roads, parking areas, picnic areas, campgrounds, or other structures, facilities or lands located within development and historic zones depicted on the park area land management and use map.
Downed Aircraft means an aircraft that cannot become airborne because of mechanical failure, fire or accident
E-bike- means a two or three-wheeled cycle with fully operable pedals and an electric motor of less than 750 watts (1 h.p.).
Firearm means a loaded or unloaded pistol, rifle, shotgun or other weapon that is designed to, or may be readily converted to; expel a projectile by the ignition of a propellant.
Motor vehicle means every vehicle that is self-propelled and every vehicle that is propelled by electric power, but not operated on rails or upon water, except a snowmobile and a motorized wheelchair.
Non-developed area means all lands and waters within park areas other than developed areas.
Pack animal means horses, burros, mules or llamas
Park road means the main-traveled surface of a roadway open to motor vehicles, owned, controlled or otherwise administered by the National Park Service.
Permit means a written authorization to engage in uses or activities that are otherwise prohibited, restricted, or regulated.
Person means an individual, firm, corporation, society, association, partnership, or private or public body.
Possession means exercising direct physical control or dominion, with or without ownership, over property, or archeological, cultural or natural resources.
Proprietary Legislative Jurisdiction means the federal government is similar to a proprietor or property owner. The government is said to have taken over none of the state’s obligations for law enforcement. In other words, state and local law enforcement officers still handle calls for service as if the land were privately owned. However, unlike a property owner, the Property Clause gives Congress the authority to create law enforcement organizations to patrol and protect areas of federal property, including those in proprietary legislative jurisdiction status. In this case, a federal law enforcement officer can handle misdemeanor violations occurring on the federal land. National Park Service regulations fall within Title 36 of the C.F.R.
Public Use Limit means the number of persons; number and type of animals; amount, size and type of equipment, vessels, mechanical modes of conveyance, or food/beverage containers allowed to enter, be brought into, remain in, or be used within a designated geographic area or facility; or the length of time a designated geographic area or facility may be occupied.
Service Animal means a dog that must perform a specific task that assists a person with a disability. Emotional support or comfort animals are not service animals (policy memorandum 18-02 update Oct 18 2018)
Smoking means the carrying of lighted cigarettes, cigars or pipes, or the intentional and direct inhalation of smoke from these objects.
Specimen means an individual animal, plant, piece of a mineral, etc., used as an example of its species or type for scientific study or display.
Traffic means pedestrians, ridden or herded animals, vehicles, and other conveyances, either singly or together while using any road, trail, street or other thoroughfare for purpose of travel.
Unmanned Aircraft : A device that is used or intended to be used for flight in the air without the possibility of direct human intervention from within or on the device and the associated operational elements and components that are required for the pilot or system operator in command to operate or control the device (such as cameras, sensors, communication links). The term includes all types of devices that meet this definition (e.g., model airplanes, quad copters, and drones) that are used for any purpose, including for recreation or commerce.
Vehicle means every device in, upon, or by which a person or property is or may be transported or drawn on land, except snowmobiles and devices moved by human power or used exclusively upon stationary rails or track.
Weapon means a firearm, compressed gas or spring-powered pistol or rifle, bow and arrow, crossbow, blowgun, spear gun, hand-thrown spear, slingshot, irritant gas device, explosive device, or any other implement designed to discharge missiles, and includes a weapon the possession of which is prohibited under the laws of the State in which the park area or portion thereof is located.
Firearms at Petroglyph National Monument
People who can legally possess firearms under federal and state law can possess those firearms in the national parks of that state. This includes Petroglyph National Monument. The new law (Sec. 512 of P.L. 111-24) was passed by Congress on February 22, 2010 and signed by the President.
State and local firearms laws vary. It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before entering this park. For New Mexico State law requirements see the New Mexico Department of Public Safety website.
Federal law continues to prohibit the possession of firearms in designated “federal facilities” which include visitor centers, offices and office buildings, and maintenance buildings. These places are posted with “firearms prohibited” signs at public entrances. The new law also does not change prohibitions on the use of firearms in national parks and does not change hunting regulations.
Cooperative Management Agreement
The National Park Service and the City of Albuquerque have finalized this agreement. You may request a hard copy be mailed to you by calling (505) 899-0205.