Time slows as a person roams the mission grounds. A feeling of tranquillity settles on a photographer in search for a certain line, that elusive shadow, and the unexpected color. Whether looking to capture a shot of man-made or natural wonders, a photographer will readily find something to take away.

Simple Rules

To preserve and protect the venerable places of this park, we ask for all photographers to:
1. not pose any subjects or place any equipment on the historical stone structures,
2. not block the entrances to any area, and
3. act with propriety both in the Church and on the park grounds.



Visit our Permit Page.

What fees will I have to pay?

The National Park Service is authorized to collect two fees; cost recovery fee and a location fee.

Cost recovery includes the application fee of $50.00, which must be submitted with your application, Additional cost recovery fees may be collected, depending on the size and complexity of your permit.

In addition, the National Park Service has been directed by Congress to collect a location fee to provide a fair return to the United States for the use of park lands. The National Park Service uses the following location fee schedule:

Commercial Filming/Videos

Still Photography

1 - 2 people, camera & tripod only $0/day

1 - 10 people


1 - 10 people


11 - 30 people


11 - 30 people


31 - 49 people


Over 30 people


Over 50 people


Are there other permit requirements?

You may be required to obtain liability insurance naming the United States as additionally insured in an amount commensurate with the risk posed to park resources by your proposed activity. You may also be asked to post a bond to ensure the payment of all charges and fees and the restoration of the area if necessary.

Last updated: November 28, 2021

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