Laws & Policies

Superindentent's Compendium

Superintendent's Compendium 2017-2018
The regulatory provisions established for the proper management, protection, government and public use of those portions of the San Antonio Missions National Historical park under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service. Unless otherwise stated, these regulatory provisions apply in addition to the requirements contained in 36 CFR, Chapter 1, Parts 1-7.

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Archeological Resource Protection Act

The following regulations are from the Archeological Resource Protection Act (1979):

Prohibited — when related to public or Indian lands — no person may:

  • Excavate, remove, damage, otherwise alter or deface or attempt to excavate, remove, damage, or otherwise alter or deface any archaeological resource (16 USC 470 ee(a))
  • Sell, purchase, exchange, transport, receive or offer to sell, purchase, or exchange any archaeological resource (16 USC 470ee(b))
  • Sell, purchase, exchange transport, receive, or offer to sell, purchase, or exchange, in interstate or foreign commerce, any archaeological resource ... in violation of any provision, rule, regulation, ordinance, or permit in effect under State or local law (16 USC 470ee(c))
  • Knowingly violate, or counsel, procure, solicit, or employ any person to violate any prohibition (16 USC 470ee(d))
 

Firearm Possession

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 the State of Texas’ website.

Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park; those places are marked with signs at all public entrances.

 

Drone or Unmanned Aircraft Use in San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

 

Rules & Regulations FAQs

Park Hours: The park is open from sunrise to sunset daily - 36CFR 1.5(a)(1)(I)(i)

Drones: The launching, landing, or operating of an unmanned aircraft (i.e. drone) from or on lands and waters within the boundaries of San Antonio Missions National Historical Park is prohibited - 36CFR 1.5(a)(1)(II)(iii)

Walking on Historic/Cultural Resources: Climbing, standing, sitting, or walking on historic or cultural resources is prohibited - 36CFR 2.1(a)(5)

Collection of Natural Products: Pecans, figs, and chile pequins may be collected by hand for personal consumption only - 36CFR 2.1(c)(1)

Camping: Camping within the park is prohibited - 36CFR 2.10(a)

Fires: Any type of fire including propane, wood and/or cooking coals at any time is prohibited - 36CFR 2.13(a)(1)

Pets: Pets are prohibited inside all NPS public buildings including visitor contact stations. This does not apply to service animals - 36CFR 2.15(a)(1)

Bicycles: Bicycles must be walked through all four mission compunds, in front of the Mission San Jose Visitor Center and on the San Juan Nature Trail at all times - 36CFR 4.30(a)

Rock Scratches & Graffiti: Graffiti, including scratching on rocks, is prohibited. Please join us in protecting the park by not leaving your mark. Make memories. Take pictures. Leave no trace. 36 CFR and 18 USC (ARPA).

Permits/Filming/Portrait Photography: Some activities like portrait photography, commercial filming and special events require a permit. Ask a Park Ranger for details. 36 CFR 5.5(b)

Firearms: As of February 22, 2010, federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local law to legally possess firearms in the park. It is the responsibility of the responsible gun owner to know and obey those federal, state and local laws. Federal law prohibits firearms in certain park facilities and buildings. These places are marked with signs at public entrances - 36CFR 2.4(d)(3)

For more information on applicable laws, rules and regulations please refer to the following sources:
 

Last updated: March 20, 2018

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