Permits & Reservations


An Education Permit is needed for school groups of 25 or more students when visiting the park. A ranger can be provided at no charge to present a formal education program on any of the official park trails. Please inform us at least two weeks in advance if requesting a ranger guided tour for your students. You can reach our education coordinator at (505) 899-0205.


A Special Use Permit will be required for activities such as:

  1. Commercial Photography: Still photographers require a permit only when:
    a. the activity takes place at location(s) where or when members of the public are generally not allowed; or
    b. the activity uses model(s), sets(s), or prop(s) that are not a part of the location's natural or cultural resources or administrative facilities; or
    c. a park would incur additional administrative costs to monitor the activity.
  2. Special Events
  3. First Amendment
  4. Transportation & Utility Systems on Federal Lands

A Special Use Permit is not required for:

  1. A visitor using a camera and/or recording device for his/her own personal use and within normal visitation areas and hours; or
  2. A commercial photographer not using a prop, model, or set, and staying within normal visitation areas and hours; or
  3. Press coverage of breaking news. This instance never requires a permit but is subject to the imposition of restrictions and conditions necessary to protect park resources and public health and safety, and to prevent impairment or derogation of park resources or values.

The non-refundable base application fee for a Special Use Permit is $50. A check or money order must be made out to Petroglyph National Monument. Additional Location and/or Cost Recovery fees for monitoring, administrative costs, and restoration will be determined and assessed either prior to or upon completion of the special use activity.

If you are not familiar with Petroglyph National Monument, a pre-visit is encouraged. The location where the event is to take place needs to be approved and determined prior to the day of the event. There may be special restrictions in the area requested that could limit access.

A General Special Use Permit Application (Form 10-930) is required for all potential special use events. A $50 application fee is required to process the application. You may also Email us to receive your Special Use Permit application via email.

Special Use Permits can be mailed to:

Special Use Permit Office
Petroglyph National Monument
6001 Unser Blvd. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87120

Changes to Commercial Filming Permits on Park Land

On January 22, 2021, the US District Court for the District of Columbia issued a decision in Price v. Barr determining the permit and fee requirements applying to commercial filming under 54 USC 100905, 43 CFR Part 5, and 36 CFR Part 5 are unconstitutional. The National Park Service is currently determining how this decision will be implemented.

Following the recent court decision, the National Park Service will not be implementing or enforcing the commercial filming portions of 43 CFR Part 5 until further notice, including accepting applications, issuing permits, enforcing the terms and conditions of permits, issuing citations related to permits, or collecting cost recovery and location fees for commercial filming activities.

As regulations regarding commercial filming permits are being reassessed, those interested in commercial filming activities on land managed by the National Park Service are encouraged to contact the park directly for more information about filming in the park and to discuss how to minimize potential impacts to visitors and sensitive park resources.

All requests for Transportation & Utility Systems on Federal Lands must email two weeks prior to work start date.

Last updated: February 4, 2021

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Albuquerque , NM 87120


505 899-0205

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