Special Use Permits

A permit application stamped with approval
Special Events Require Permit Approval


Introduction and Permit Process

All individuals or organizations considering to host a special event within park boundraies must obtain an approved Special Use Permit before holding the event. Most special events and activities held within the parks require a special use permit, issued only after the National Park Service determines that the activities involved will not impair park values and resources. Please note that there are usage limits for the number of people and vehicles for any special activity. Examples of events include: noncommercial or nonprofit groups leading trips or guided walks, weddings or any type of gatherings, racing events that utilize park roads or trails, musical events or concerts, etc.

Special Use Permits

Activities That Require A Special Use Permit

The following is a compliation of those activities for which a permit from the Superintendent is required, subject to limitations imposed by National Park Service Director's Order 53 on Special Park Uses.

The following areas within Montezuma Castle and its detatched unit Montezuma Well are closed to special events:
  • All maintenance/residential areas
  • All archeological sites
  • Montezuma Castle grounds and trail
The Following areas will be considered on a case-by-case basis for approval by the Superintendent:
  • Parking lots and adjacent sidewalks
  • Vistor Center and Contact Station complexes
  • Picnic Areas
Special event applications involving Native American traditional activites will be considered according to National Park Service policy, based on the American Indian Religious Freedom Act, Public Law 95-341. The National Park Service policy issued in March 1988 will be utilized as needed.


First Amendment

Freedom of speech, press, religion, and assembly are rights protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution. People may exercise these rights in national parks, but the National Park Service (NPS) retains its responsibility to protect park resources and prevent conflict among park visitors. By law, the NPS has established places in the park where First Amendment activities can be accommodated. These areas are visible to the general visiting public without interfering with the public's enjoyment of the park.
MOCA Locations

Montezuma Castle First Amendment Locations:

  • Near parking area and bench seating
  • Back end of the picnic area
First Amendment Locations Montezuma Well

Montezuma Well First Amendment Locations:

  • Parking Spots to the right of the restrooms
  • End of the parking lot in the picnic area
Tuzigoot 1st Amendment Locations

Tuzigoot First Amendment Locations:

  • Upper parking lot to the right of the stairs to lower parking lot
  • Lower parking lot, last spaces as you exit the parking lot

Last updated: January 25, 2024

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