Superintendent's Compendium


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1. Superintendent’s Compendium Described

The Superintendent’s Compendium is the summary of park specific rules implemented under 36 Code of Federal Regulations (36 CFR). It serves as public notice, identifies areas closed for public use, provides a list of activities requiring either a special use permit or reservation, and elaborates on public use and resource protection regulations pertaining specifically to the administration of the park. The Superintendent’s Compendium does not repeat regulations found in 36 CFR and other United States Code and CFR Titles, which are enforced without further elaboration at the park level.

The regulations contained in 36 CFR, Parts 1-7, are the basic mechanism used by the National Park Service (NPS) to preserve and protect the natural and cultural resources of the park and to protect visitors and property within the park. Parts 1 through 6 are general regulations applicable to all areas of the National Park system, and Part 7 contains special regulations specific to individual parks. Each of these Parts has many sections and subsections articulating specific provisions. Within some of these Part 1-7 sections and subsections, the Superintendent is granted discretionary authority to develop local rules to be responsive to the needs of a specific park resource or activity, park plan, program, and/or special needs of the general public.

As an example, 36 CFR 1.5(a) Closures and Public Use Limits provides the Superintendent certain discretion in allowing or disallowing certain activities. The authority granted by the Section, however, requires the Superintendent to comply with the Administrative Procedures Act (6 USC Section 551), which requires public notice on actions with major impact on visitor use patterns, park resources or those that are highly controversial in nature.

Another example is 36 CFR 1.6 Permits, which allows the Superintendent to require a permit for certain uses and activities in the park. This Section, however, requires that a list of activities needing a permit (and a fee schedule for the various types of permits) be maintained by the park.

A final example is 36 CFR 2.1(c) (1) Preservation of Natural, Cultural and Archeological Resources, which provides the Superintendent the authority to designate certain fruits, nuts, berries, or unoccupied seashells which may be gathered by hand for personal use or consumption. This activity can occur, however, only if a written determination shows that the allowed activity does not adversely affect park wildlife, the reproductive potential of a plant species, or otherwise adversely affect park resources.

This Compendium should be used in conjunction with Title 36 CFR, Parts 1-7, to more fully understand the regulations governing the use and enjoyment of all the areas of the national Park system. MWR-ULSG-Compendium-2021 2 A copy of Title 36, CFR, can be purchased from the U.S. Government Printing Office at: Superintendent of Documents P.O. Box 371954 Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954 The CFR is also available on the Internet at: Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations.

A copy of Title 36, CFR, can be purchased from the U.S. Government Printing Office at:
Superintendent of Documents
P.O. Box 371954
Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954
The CFR is also available on the Internet at:Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations

2. Laws and Policies Allowing the Superintendent to Develop This Compendium

The National Park Service (NPS) is granted broad statutory authority under 54 U.S. Code § 100101 - Promotion and regulation

(a) In General.— The Secretary, acting through the Director of the National Park Service, shall promote and regulate the use of the National Park System by means and measures that conform to the fundamental purpose of the System units, which purpose is to conserve the scenery, natural and historic objects, and wild life in the System units and to provide for the enjoyment of the scenery, natural and historic objects, and wild life in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.

(b) Declarations.—

(1) 1970 declarations.— Congress declares that—
(A) the National Park System, which began with establishment of Yellowstone National Park in 1872, has since grown to include superlative natural, historic, and recreation areas in every major region of the United States and its territories and possessions;
(B) these areas, though distinct in character, are united through their interrelated purposes and resources into one National Park System as cumulative expressions of a single national heritage;
(C) individually and collectively, these areas derive increased national dignity and recognition of their superb environmental quality through their inclusion jointly with each other in one System preserved and managed for the benefit and inspiration of all the people of the United States; and
(D) it is the purpose of this division to include all these areas in the System and to clarify the authorities applicable to the System.

(2) 1978 reaffirmation.— Congress reaffirms, declares, and directs that the promotion and regulation of the various System units shall be consistent with and founded in the purpose established by subsection (a), to the common benefit of all the people of the United States. The authorization of activities shall be construed and the protection, management, and administration of the System units shall be conducted in light of the high public value and integrity of the System and shall not be exercised in derogation of the values and purposes for which the System units have been established, except as directly and specifically provided by Congress.

54 U.S. Code § 100301 – Establishment

There is in the Department of the Interior a service called the National Park Service.

54 U.S. Code § 100501 - Areas included in System

The System shall include any area of land and water administered by the Secretary, acting through the Director, for park, monument, historic, parkway, recreational, or other purposes.

In addition to the above statutory authority, the Superintendent is guided by established NPS policy as found in the NPS Management Policies (2006). The Superintendent is also guided by more specific policies promulgated by the Director, National Park Service, in the form of Director’s Orders. As stated in the Management Policies, the primary responsibility of the NPS is to protect and preserve our national natural and cultural resources while providing for the enjoyment of these resources by visitor and other users, as long as use does not impair specific park resources or overall visitor experience. The appropriateness of any particular visitor use or recreational experience is resource-based and will vary from park to park; therefore, a use or activity that is appropriate in one park area may not be appropriate in another. The Superintendent is directed to analyze overall park use and determine if any particular use is appropriate. Where conflict arises between use and resource protection, where the Superintendent has a reasonable basis to believe a resource is or would become impaired, then that Superintendent is obliged to place limitations on public use.

3. Consistency of this Compendium with Applicable Federal Law and Requirements

The Superintendent’s Compendium is not considered a significant rule requiring review by the Office of Management and Budget under Executive Order 12866. In addition, this Compendium will not have a significant economic effect on a number of small entities nor impose a significant cost on any local, state or tribal government or private organization, and therefore does not fall under the requirements of either the Regulatory Flexibility Act or the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act.

The actions and requirements described in this Compendium are found to be categorically excluded from further compliance with the procedural requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in Department of the Interior (DOI) Guidelines 516 DM 6 and as such, an Environmental Assessment will not be prepared.

4. Development of the Requirements of the Superintendent’s Compendium

As outlined above, the NPS has broad authority and responsibility to determine what types of uses and activities are appropriate in any particular National Park system area. The requirements of the Superintendent’s Compendium are developed through an analysis and determination process. The decision criteria used during this process are:

  • Is there use or activity consistent with the NPS Organic Act and NPS policy?
  • Is the use or activity consistent and compatible with the park’s enabling legislation, management objectives, and corresponding management plans?
  • Will the use or activity damage the park’s protected natural and cultural resources and other protected values?
  • Will the use or activity disturb or be in conflict with wildlife, vegetation, and environmental protection actions and values?
  • Will the use or activity conflict with or be incompatible with traditional park uses and activities?
  • Will the use or activity compromise employee or public safety?

5. Applicability of the Compendium

The rules contained in this Compendium apply to all persons entering, using, visiting or otherwise present on Federally owned lands, including submerged lands, and waters administered by the NPS within the legislative boundaries of the park. This includes all waters subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, including all navigable waters.

6. Enforcement of Compendium Requirements

NPS Law Enforcement Park Rangers enforce the requirements of the United State Code, 36 CFR, and this Superintendent’s Compendium.

7. Penalties for Not Adhering to the Compendium Requirements

A person who violates any provision of the regulations found in 36 CFR, Parts 1-7, or provisions of 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. You may receive a list of fines associated with any particular provision by contacting
the Superintendent at the park address found below.

8. Comments on the Compendium

The Compendium is reviewed annually and revised as necessary. The park welcomes comments about its program and activities at any time.

Written comments on the Compendium may be submitted to:

Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site
7400 Grant Road
St. Louis, Missouri 63123
(314) 842-1867

9. Effective Date of the Superintendent Compendium

The Superintendent’s Compendium is effective on the approval date listed on the first page of this document, and remains in effect until revised for a period up to one year.

10. Additional Information

Some of the terms used in this Compendium may have specific meaning defined in 36 CFR 1.4 Definitions.

11. Availability

Copies of the Compendium and the CCTV policy are available at Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site, 7400 Grant Road, Saint Louis, MO 63123. It may also be found at Ulysses S. Grant NHS laws and policies


In accordance with regulations and the delegated authority provided in Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations (“36 CFR”), Chapter 1, Parts 1-7, authorized by Title 54 United States Code, section 100751, the following provisions apply to all lands and waters administered by the National Park Service, within the boundaries of Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site. Unless otherwise stated, these regulatory provisions apply in addition to the requirements contained in 36 CFR, Chapter 1, Parts 1-7.

Written determinations, which explain the reasoning behind the Superintendent’s use of discretionary authority, as required by Section 1.5(c), appear in this document.


The specific discretionary authority for Park Superintendents to establish reasonable schedules for visiting hours, impose public use limits, and close park areas for all public use or specific use is found at Title 36 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) §1.5. These park-specific restrictions are also based upon 36 CFR, Chapters 1-7 to protect park resources, visitors and employees. Under CFR §1.7 notice of all restrictions, closures, designations, and permit requirements will be made available to the general public by at least one or more of the following methods of notifications: maps, brochures, signs, permits, or other appropriate methods, as well as within this compendium. Finally, any Records of Determination are available upon request under 36 CFR §1.5(c).

36 CFR § 1.1 Definitions

The following are terms derived under 36 CFR §1.4 or §1.5, used in this document. A more complete listing can be found in the CFR.

  • Bicycle means every device propelled solely by human power upon which a person or persons may ride upon land having one, two, or more wheels, except a manual wheelchair.
  • Camping means erecting a tent or shelter of natural or synthetic material, preparing a sleeping bag or other material for use, parking a motor vehicle, motor home or trailer, or mooring a vessel for the apparent purpose of overnight occupancy.
  • CCTV means closed circuit television cameras.
  • Drinking means consumption of any liquid beverage with the exception of water.
  • E-bike means two or three wheeled cycle with a fully operable pedals and an electric motor of less than 750 W (1 h.p.).
  • Electric powered mobility assistance devices (e.g. electric scooters, wheelchairs, Segway® devices) means motor vehicle as defined below.
  • Electronic cigarette means a battery-powered vaporizer which simulates tobacco smoking by producing an aerosol that resembles smoke. It generally uses a heating element, known as an atomizer, that vaporizes a liquid solution known as e-liquid. Also known as e-cig or ecigarette, personal vaporizer (PV), or electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS).
  • Federal facility means a building or part thereof owned or leased by the Federal Government, where Federal employees are regularly present for the purpose of performing their official duties (18 USC 930).
  • Firearm means a loaded or unloaded pistol, rifle, shotgun, or other weapon, which is designed or may be readily concerted 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 motorized wheelchair.
  • Overnight parking means a vehicle parking continuously between 12 midnight and 6:00 a.m.
  • 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.
  • Pet means a dog, cat, or any animal that has been domesticated.
  • Public Use Limit means the number of persons; number of type of animals; amount, size, and type of equipment, vessels, mechanical modes of conveyance, or food/beverage containers allowed to enter, be brought in, remain in, or be used within a geographic area or facility may be occupied.
  • Segway means motor vehicles as defined above.
  • Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Examples of such work or tasks include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, reminding a person with mental illness to take prescribed medications, calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack, or performing other duties. Service animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA. (Americans with Disabilities Act guidance on service animals & 28 CFR 36.104)
  • Skateboard means a board having a set of four wheels mounted under it or on the side, ridden in a standing, crouching, or seated position.
  • Smoking is the use or carrying of a lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe, or other tobacco product. A “non-smoking area” is defined as one where smoking is prohibited, as are all by-products created by burning tobacco.
  • Superintendent means the official in charge of a park unit (area) as the authorized representative of the National Park Service.
  • Take or taking means to pursue, hunt, harass, harm, shoot, trap, net, capture, collect, kill, wound, or attempt to do any of the above.
  • Unmanned aircraft means 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). This term includes all types of devices that meet this definition (e.g., model airplanes, quadcopters, drones) that are used for any purpose, including for recreation or commerce.
  • Wading means walking in or through water.
  • 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.

36 CFR § 1.2 Applicability and Scope

The regulations and public use limits or restrictions contained in this document apply to all persons entering, using, visiting, or otherwise within the boundaries of lands and waters, controlled, leased, administered or otherwise subject to the jurisdiction of the National Park Service, Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site.

The regulations and public use limitations or restrictions contained in this document shall not be construed to prohibit administrative activities conducted by the National Park Service, or its agents, in accordance with approved management plans, or in emergency operations involving threats to life, property, or park resources.


(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 to all public use or to a certain use or activity:


  • Ulysses S. Grant NHS is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., seven days a week, except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

Reason for Determination:
The above schedule is in place to provide maximum Visitor and Resource Protection consistent with current staffing levels. These hours of operation meet the needs of current visitation trends for the park.
Exception: The Superintendent may shorten or lengthen operating hours due to special park uses, or other circumstances benefitting either park management objectives or the public. The Superintendent may also allow workers connected with a Special Use Permit (SUP) to remain on the grounds for purposes of set-up, tear-down, re-stocking or guarding equipment and supplies provided that said persons are identified by the SUP holder. In addition, persons who are allowed
to remain past visiting hours will limit their activities to those connected with their designated assignments. For example, a person guarding equipment and supplies will stay in the immediate area that they are guarding. A person engaged in clean-up will have greater freedom of movement, provided that they are actually engaged in clean-up activities.


During most of the year those buildings and/or portions of buildings whose visitation is controlled by the National Park Service and which have not been designated as closed to the public are open for public visitation. From time to time, because of staffing shortages, special activities, severe weather, mechanical failures, or for maintenance purposes, buildings may be closed to the public. The public will be notified of this by the posting of appropriate signs, via the Internet at: Ulysses S. Grant NHS homepage, by a park representative, or they may call 314-842-1867 for information.


The National Park Service's use of Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) for law enforcement and security purposes will only be to visually monitor public park areas and public activities where no constitutionally protected reasonable expectation of privacy exists. Such CCTV use, which will have adequate privacy and First Amendment safeguards, will be to help ensure public safety and security; facilitate the detection, investigation, prevention, and deterrence of terrorist attack and crime; help ensure the safety of citizens and officers; help assist in the proper allocation and deployment of law enforcement and public safety resources; and/or help facilitate the protection of the innocent and the apprehension and prosecution of criminals.

This policy does not restrict the official use of CCTV in government administrative areas, including administrative buildings, jail holding facilities, revenue collection sites, etc., where the government may record/monitor its facilities. For example, the government may perform unrestricted video/audio recording at revenue collection points (entrance stations, visitor center counters, etc). This policy does not restrict the use of an Audio/Visual Recording Device (AVRD) in patrol vehicles or officer-worn recording devices used by commissioned rangers.

Operation of CCTV cameras will be in accordance with NPS and Department policy. No person will be targeted or monitored merely because of race, religion, gender, sex, disability, national origin, or political affiliation or views. Nothing in the policy statement is intended to create any rights, privileges, or benefits not otherwise recognized by law.

Reason for Determination:
Security measures in place provide for the protection of facilities, people, and irreplaceable objects held in national trust. Utilizing guidance from the Department of the Interior for the safety and security of a location identified as a National Icon, and information provided by other agencies charged with the protection of valuable resources and people, the National Park Service provides these security measures to repel potential threats and present an educational and enjoyable opportunity for all that visit.


1. No more than a total of thirty people is allowed on the first floor at any one time. No visitors are allowed on the second floor.

Reason for Determination:
The historic main house is not constructed with modern materials and is therefore subject to wear and stress structurally. Limiting the total occupant capacity is necessary to guard against structural damage and prevent damage to furnishings, wallpaper, and other décor that might occur posed by overcrowding. The upstairs floor of the house is accessible by a narrow stairway which is not safely negotiated by the public.

2. Public access to the main house is limited to scheduled tours with a maximum of fifteen people. The schedule for tours is set by any staff member at the visitor center desk.

Reason for Determination:
Guided tours of the main house ensure the protection of the structure and the furnishings contained within. Ranger-led interpretive programs provide a better understanding of the resource. In the main house, the basement, second floor, attic, and all associated staircases are closed to public use, with the exception of the exterior stair to the winter kitchen. The staircases are too narrow and steep for normal use by the public. The house is not accessible on the second
floor and does not meet current fire code requirements, making the second floor and staircases unsafe in the event of an emergency evacuation.


During maintenance procedures at Ulysses S. Grant NHS, any area may be closed to the public, to ensure safety. These areas will be clearly marked by construction perimeter fencing, roping, chaining, and/or taping, and may be secured by hasps and padlocks.

Reason for Determination:
Temporary closures for construction and/or repair activity are necessary to facilitate a safety zone and ensure the protection of employees and visitors. The park will adhere to regulatory requirements provided by OSHA or other regulatory body applicable to the activity at hand.


All walkways are closed to bicycle, motorized vehicle, and roller blade use. Bicycles may be walked by the user through the park. No vehicles are allowed on walkways except maintenance, EMS, and emergency responder vehicles, and by special use permit.

Reason for Determination:
Walkways are intended for pedestrian traffic participating in formally led interpretive tours or visitors self-guiding through the historic site. Walkways are not thoroughfares capable of safely allowing vehicular traffic or bicycling with the pedestrian traffic already in place. Other uses of walkways would detract from the interpretive programming and historic setting the site is there to convey.


Food, drinks (except water), and chewing gum are not allowed within any structure except by permit.

Reason for Determination:
The prohibition of consumable items in the historic structures guards against inadvertent spills, litter, or the potential to attract pests that may be attracted to or damage the building. Theprohibition of consumable items from the main floor of the Visitor Center guards against inadvertent spills, litter, or damage to the carpet, flooring, store displays, and theater seating.


1. All parking areas in the park are closed to camping and overnight parking, with the exception of those areas park employees are authorized to park.

Reason for Determination:
Since overnight use and camping is prohibited in the park there is no valid reason for a vehicle to remain in the park overnight unless the National Park Service has been previously advised and authorized its presence overnight.

2. Parking in the Visitor Center parking lot for purposes other than visiting or conducting business with the National Park site is prohibited.

Reason for Determination:
The parking area at ULSG is small and capably serves only those that are patronizing the park itself. The lot is not large enough to facilitate parking for the historic site and local businesses or attractions.

3. The idling of any vehicle engine that produces exhaust is restricted to loading and unloading of passengers.

Reason for Determination:
The idling of bus engines adds unnecessary exhaust fumes to the air and diminishes the enjoyment by visitors of the peace and tranquility of the park. Due to the nature of the service provided by the shuttle busses, they are excluded from the requirement.


Launching, landing, or operating an unmanned aircraft (UA) from or on lands and waters administered by the National Park Service within the boundaries of the Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site is prohibited except as approved in writing by the superintendent.

Reason for Determination:
The use of unmanned aircraft within the boundaries of Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site has the potential to harm visitors, disturb wildlife, cause excessive noise, and interfere with other visitors' enjoyment of the area. There are no safe areas to launch and recover such aircraft. The UAs also create a potential hazard for crashing if the operator loses control or connection to the aircraft.


There are no designated camping areas within the boundary of Ulysses S. Grant NHS.

Reason for Determination:
There are no campgrounds or locations, programs, or facilities for camping within the park.


Possession of glass bottles and containers, with the exception of baby bottles and souvenir items purchased at park concession operations for at-home consumption, is prohibited within the boundary of Ulysses S. Grant NHS.


When the COVID-19 Community Level is LOW or MEDIUM in the county or all the counties where the park is located based on data provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), individuals are not required to wear masks.

When the COVID-19 Community Level is HIGH in the county or all the counties where the park is located based on data provided by the CDC, all individuals over the age of two must wear masks, regardless of vaccination status, in all common areas and shared workspaces in buildings owned, leased, or otherwise controlled by the National Park Service, including, but not limited to, park visitor centers, administrative offices, lodges, gift shops and restaurants.

When the COVID-19 Community Level is HIGH in one or more, but not all, of the counties where the park is located based on data provided by the CDC, the superintendent will determine whether individuals are required to wear masks. The requirement, if any, will apply to all facilities within the park.

Masks must cover the nose and mouth and fit snugly around the nose and chin with no large gaps around the sides of the face. Masks not designed to be protective, masks with ventilation valves, and face shields do not meet the requirement.

Regardless of the COVID-19 Community Level, individuals may wear masks if they choose to do so. Where a state, local, tribal, or territorial government where the park is located imposes more protective mask-wearing requirements than those indicated by the COVID-19 Community Level, individuals must follow those more protective requirements within the park. More protective state, local, tribal, or territorial mask-wearing requirements are hereby adopted as federal requirements in all units of the National Park System located within that state, locality, area subject to a federally recognized Indian tribe’s regulatory jurisdiction, or territory, regardless of a particular park’s jurisdictional status.

Additionally, all individuals must wear masks in or on public transportation conveyances and transportation hubs/facilities, to the extent required by current orders or directives issued by the CDC, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), or other federal agencies with jurisdiction over those conveyances or areas. As of March 4, 2022, CDC and TSA orders or directives require all individuals regardless of vaccination status to wear masks in indoor areas of all forms of public transportation conveyances, including busses, trains, and boats/ferries, and in the indoor premises of transportation hubs/facilities. Individuals are not required to wear masks while outdoors on conveyances or while outdoors on the premises of transportation hubs/facilities.

Reason for Determination:

As stated in Executive Order 13991, it is the policy of the Administration to halt the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID–19) by relying on the best available data and science-based public health measures. Such measures include wearing masks when around others, physical distancing, and other related precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets. Masks are a simple barrier to prevent respiratory droplets from reaching others


(f) The following is a compilation of those activities for which a permit from the
superintendent is required: (314) 842-1867 or visit the park website:

  • §1.5(c): Filming
    • The following types of activities may occur in areas open to the public without a permit and without advance notice to the NPS:
      • Outdoor filming activities [outside of areas managed as wilderness] involving five persons or less and equipment that can be carried at all times, except small tripods used to hold cameras.
    • The organizer of any other type of filming activity must provide written notice to the Superintendent at least 10 days prior to the start of the proposed activity. Based upon the information provided the Superintendent may require the organizer to apply for an obtain a permit if necessary to:
      • maintain public health and safety;
      • protect environmental or scenic values;
      • protect natural or cultural resources;
      • allow for equitable allocation and use of facilities; or
      • avoid conflict among visitor use activities.
    • If the Superintendent determines that the terms and conditions of a permit could not mitigate the concerns identified above in an acceptable manner, the Superintendent may deny a filming request without issuing a permit. The Superintendent will provide the basis for denial and writing upon request.The NPS will consider requests in process permit applications in a timely manner. Processing times will vary depending on the complexity of the proposed activity. If the organizer provides the required 10-day advance notice to the NPS and has not received a written response from the NPS that a permit is required prior to the first day of production, the proposed filming activity may occur without a permit.
    • The following are prohibited:
    1. Engaging in filming activity without providing advance notice to the Superintendent when required.
    2. Engaging in a film an activity without a permit if [The activity takes place in areas managed as wilderness or if] the Superintendent has notified the organizer in writing that a permit is required.
    3. Violating a term and condition of a permit issued under this action.
    • Violating a term or condition of a permit issued under this action may also result in the suspension and revocation of the permit by the superintendent.
  • §1.5(d) The following activities related to Public Use Limits:
    • Entry into closed area
    • Restricted Use Vehicles
  • §2.5(a) Specimen collection (Take plant, fish, wildlife, rocks, or minerals)
  • §2.12 Audio Disturbances:
    • (a)(3) Operation of any type of portable motor or engine, or device powered by a portable motor or engine in non-developed areas
    • (a)(4) Operation of a public address system in connection with a public gathering or special event for which a permit has been issued pursuant to §2.50 or §2.51
  • §2.17 Aircraft & Air Delivery:
    • (a)(3) Delivery or retrieval of a person or object by parachute, helicopter, or other airborne means
    • (c)(1) Removal of a downed aircraft
  • §2.37 Soliciting or demanding gifts, money, goods, or services (Pursuant to the terms and conditions of a permit issued under §2.50, §2.51 or §2.52)
  • §2.38 Explosives:
    • (a) Use, possess, store, transport explosives, blasting agents
    • (b) Use or possess fireworks
  • §2.50(a) Conduct a sports event, pageant, regatta, public spectator attraction, entertainment, ceremony, and similar events
  • §2.51(a) Public assemblies, meetings, gatherings, demonstrations, parades, and other public expressions of views
  • §2.52(c) Sale or distribution of printed matter that is not solely commercial advertising
  • §2.62 Memorialization:
    • (a) Erection of monuments (Requires approval from Regional Director)
    • (b) Scattering ashes from human cremation
  • §5.1 Advertisements - (Display, posting or distribution.)
  • §5.3 Engaging in or soliciting any business (Requires a permit, contract, or other written agreement with the United States, or must be pursuant to special regulations)
  • §5.5 Still Photography
    • (a) Still photography of vehicles, or other articles of commerce or models for the purpose of commercial advertising.
  • §5.7 Construction of buildings, facilities, trails, roads, boat docks, path, structure, etc.

Permits will be specific in nature to the activity being permitted. In those cases where permit use is frequent, a specific permit form has been designed, i.e. Fee Waiver permit, commercial photography/filming permit. In most other cases, a special use permit or letter of authorization will be prepared laying out the specific conditions under which the permitted activity is authorized. In all cases a permit or letter or authorization must be in the permittee’s possession at all times and exhibited to any authorized person upon request.

Inquiries about special use activity requirements and permit applications may be made by contacting Superintendent, Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site, 7400 Grant Road, Saint Louis, MO 63123 (telephone 314-842-1867, fax 314-842-1659).

Reason for Determination:
Activities listed above require Special Use Permits due to their potential for impact on visitation patterns, enjoyment, or other areas of the park, thereby requiring regulation by the Superintendent or his/her designee.

36 CFR §1.7 – Public Notices

Copies of this compendium and activity area maps are available on the Internet at Ulysses S. Grant NHS homepage and available upon request at:

Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site
7400 Grant Road
Saint Louis, MO 63123



  • Park administrative, maintenance, protection, and interpretation offices and work areas, including but not limited to storage areas, closets, basements, access roads, stairways, roof tops, outbuildings, and grounds. This closure shall not apply to persons engaged in legitimate Government activities or permitted business activities.
  • Except for facilities designated for visitor use, all buildings are closed to unauthorized entry. This shall not apply to persons in non-public areas who have been granted specific permission by the National Park Service (NPS), including another authorized Federal agency, licensed concessionaires or their representatives, contractors, or those who are under escort of park employees.
  • All buildings or areas within buildings used for the storage, treatment, or transmission of electricity, gas, telephone, waste disposal, and domestic water.


The ice house is closed to the public.

Reason for Determination:
Tours are not provided into the ice house. The building provides setting as a supporting structure contributing to the interpretive themes, however, the structure is too small to contain multiple visitors. An interpretive exhibit illustrating the use of the ice house may be viewed by visitors from outside the doorway.



(a) Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, the following is prohibited:

(a)(5) Walking on, climbing, entering, ascending, descending, or traversing an archeological, or cultural resource, monument, or statue, except in designated areas and under conditions established by the superintendent.

Reason for Determination:

This prohibition exists because there are numerous cultural resources (the main house itself is considered a cultural resource) throughout the park that may be irrevocably damaged or cause a public safety concern.

(a)(7) Possessing or using a mineral or metal detector, magnetometer, side scan sonar, other metal detecting device, or sub bottom profiler.

Reason for Determination:

The grounds are a highly manicured cultural landscape where the use of such devices adversely affects the park resource.

(c)(1), (c)(2) The following fruits, nuts, berries or unoccupied seashells may be gathered by hand for personal use or consumption, in accordance with the noted size, quantity, collection sites and/or use or consumption restrictions:

  • The collection of fruits, berries, or nuts (with the exception of black walnuts) shall be limited to that which a visitor will consume on site. Black walnuts may be collected and removed for personal use in the amount equal to one standard brown paper shopping bag, per visitor. Trees may not be climbed or shaken, nor shall any mechanical means be used to reach, collect, or knock loose fruits, nuts, or berries.

Reason for Determination:
The allowable quantities will not adversely affect park wildlife, the reproductive potential of a plant species, or otherwise adversely affect park resources


(2)(e) The following areas are closed to the viewing of wildlife with the use of an artificial light:

  • The entire park is closed to viewing wildlife by artificial light.

Reason for Determination:
The purpose of this regulation is to protect park wildlife from poaching activity and the effect of temporarily blinding the animal and potentially jeopardizing its safety. NOTE: Night vision devices are not artificial lights; however, infrared lighting/beams are considered artificial lights and are included in this prohibition.

36 CFR §2.3 – FISHING

(a) The following State fishing laws and/or regulations, as noted, do not apply in the listed areas:

  • None

Reason for Determination:
There are no viable fishing areas within the Historic Site.


(h) Notwithstanding any other provision in this Chapter, a person may possess, carry, and transport concealed, loaded, and operable firearms within a national park area in accordance with the laws of the state in which the national park area, or that portion thereof, is located, except as otherwise prohibited by applicable Federal law.

  • This authority does not extend to Federal facilities within the park (18 U.S.C. 930(a)). Federal facilities include: the Visitor Center, the Maintenance facility, the main house, the summer kitchen, and the stables/museum.

Reason for Determination:
Park regulation cannot be less restrictive than United States Code.


  • Individual and family picnicking is limited to picnic baskets, brown bagging, lunch boxes and the like as there are no designated picnic sites or picnic tables.
  • Picnicking within the loop walkway around the main house or by any of the ancillary historic buildings is prohibited.

Reason for Determination:
No picnic tables or facilities for picnicking are provided in the park.

36 CFR 2.13 – FIRES

(a)(1) The lighting or maintaining of fires is generally prohibited, except as provided for in the following designated areas and/or receptacles, and under the conditions noted:

Designated Areas:

  • None

Receptacles Allowed:

  • None

Established Conditions for Fires:

  • None

(a)(2) The following restrictions are in effect for the use of stoves or lanterns:

  • No lantern, stove, or other open flame may be used inside the main house, or any of the ancillary buildings surrounding the main house.

Reason for Determination:
These requirements are intended to protect historic buildings from being destroyed by fire.

36 CFR §2.15 – PETS

(a)(1) The following structures and/or areas are closed to the possession of pets:
Pets are not allowed inside any historic structure or the Visitor Center.

  • Prohibitions or restrictions do not apply to:
    • Emergency search and rescue missions; or
    • Law enforcement patrol or bomb dogs; or
    • Qualified service dogs accompanying persons with disabilities per the American Disability Act. (NOTE: Companion animals are not service animals and have no access rights under federal statute.)

Reason for Determination:
Consistent with public health and safety, the protection of natural and cultural resources, and avoidance of conflict among visitor use activities, pets must be restricted. Pets are not considered compatible with the broad park goal of minimal visitor impact nor are they inherently suitable for adapting quickly to a strange environment often involving close association with strange persons or
other animals. It is recognized that many park visitors have pets, and they are permitted where they do not jeopardize basic park values. This does not apply to service dogs as defined under the ADA.

(a)(3) Leaving a pet unattended and/or tied to an object:

  • Pets will not be left in areas where food, water, shade, ventilation and other basic needs are inadequate.
  • Pets will not be left tied to light poles, handrails, or trees.
  • Leashes will not exceed 6-foot length.

Reason for Determination:
These requirements are intended to protect visitors, natural resources, park structures and to ensure pets are properly cared for while in the park.

(a)(5) Pet excrement must be disposed of in accordance with the following conditions:

  • In all areas of the park pet excrement shall be removed immediately from the park or deposited in a refuse container by the person(s) controlling the pet(s).

Reason for Determination:
The grounds are a highly developed cultural and natural resource within an urban area where concentrations of people gather. This restriction is intended to reduce any possible conflict between users and to provide for a healthy safe environment.


(a) The use of horses or pack animals is permitted on the following trails, routes or areas:

  • Use is prohibited unless it is a horse mounted police/patrol unit or part of a park sponsored program.

Reason for Determination:
The park is highly developed and not intended for routine use of horses or pack animals. This restriction is intended to reduce any possible conflict between users and to protect the cultural landscape.


The use of roller-skates, skateboards, roller skis, coasting vehicles, or similar devices is not allowed in the following areas:

  • The use of roller skates, skateboards, roller skis, coasting vehicles, or similar devices are prohibited within the park boundaries.

Reason for Determination:
These restrictions are intended to reduce any possible conflict between users, protect natural and cultural resources, and for public safety concerns. In consideration of the increased potential for resource damage, threat to wildlife and the health and safety of visitors these activities are prohibited.

36 CFR §2.21 – SMOKING

(a) The superintendent may designate a portion of a park area, or all or a portion of a building, structure or facility as closed to smoking when necessary to protect park resources, reduce the risk of fire, or prevent conflicts among visitor use activities. Smoking in an area or location so designated is prohibited.

Smoking and use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) is prohibited:

  • Within 25 feet of any entrance or exit primarily accessed by the visiting public.
  • Within 25 feet of any entrance or exit not generally accessed by the public, where smoking would result in smoke traveling through doorways, windows, air ducts, or other openings.
  • Within all government buildings/facilities/vehicles
  • Smoking is prohibited on and inside the loop walkway surrounding the main house.
  • Within 500 feet of any fuel storage dispensing facility.

Reason for Determination:
These restrictions are intended to protect the health and safety of park visitors and employees, protect park resources, reduce the risk of fire, and prevent conflicts among visitor use activities. The use of electronic cigarettes (eCigarettes) is prohibited for general health and safety reasons, as
there is insufficient information known about the risks of inhaling secondhand vapor and follows Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommendations.

36 CFR §2.22 – PROPERTY

(a)(2) Leaving property unattended for longer than 24 hours, except in locations where longer time periods have been designated or in accordance with conditions established by the superintendent.

  • None

Reason for Determination:
Unattended property is inconsistent with the orderly management of park areas and may present a security risk or threat to other park resources. Property may not be left unattended in the park for security reasons, for possible health/safety reasons, and it is not compatible with the cultural landscape or interpretive value of the park.


(b) Entering designated entrance fee areas or using specialized sites, facilities, equipment or services, or participating in group activities, recreation events, or other specialized recreation uses for which recreation fees have been established without paying the required fees and possessing the applicable permits is prohibited. Violation of the terms and conditions of a permit issued in accordance with 36 CFR Part 71 is prohibited and may result in the suspension or revocation of the permit.

Special Recreation Permit Fee (Such as but not limited to, group activities, recreation events, and the use of motorized recreation vehicles):

  • Activities that require a special use permit:
    • Weddings and ceremonies
    • Use of conference rooms and training

(c) The collection of recreation fees may be suspended during the following periods:

  • National Public Lands Day
  • Other dates that may be authorized by the Secretary of Interior or Director of the National Park Service
  • As authorized by the Superintendent through a Special Use Permit


(a)(3)(i) The following public use areas, portions of public use areas, and/or public facilities within the park are closed to 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:

The consumption of alcoholic beverages or the possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage is prohibited in the following areas:

  • Inside the Visitor Center, Stables / Museum, or any historic structure

Reason for Determination:
The restriction is in place to protect facilities and resources from potential damage which may occur from liquid spills or the accumulation of refuse where receptacles are not appropriately present. No interpretive program is conducted which is contributory to alcohol consumption, and none are of a lengthy duration whereby refreshments are necessary to safely complete the program in its entirety.

Exception: As authorized by the Superintendent through a Special Use Permit at specific dates, times, locations, and for a specified duration.


(b) Fireworks and firecrackers may be possessed and/or used in the following areas, under the conditions noted:

  • Possession of fireworks and firecrackers in the park is prohibited.

Reason for Determination:
The Ulysses S. Grant NHS is a cultural landscape comprised of several historic structures and modern support buildings. No additional interpretive benefit may be derived through the authorization of fireworks or explosives; conversely, having fireworks and explosives within the park may place these resources at unnecessary risk.


(a) The running-at-large, herding, driving across, allowing on, pasturing, or grazing of livestock of any kind in a park area or the use of a park area for agricultural purposes is prohibited, except:

(1) As specifically authorized by Federal statutory law; or

(2) As required under a reservation of use rights arising from acquisition of a tract of land; or

(3) As designated, when conducted as a necessary and integral part of a recreational activity or required in order to maintain a historic scene.

  • Livestock within in the park is prohibited.

Reason for Determination:
The ULSG grounds are a highly developed cultural and natural resource within an urban area. Livestock use is inappropriate in urban areas and conflicts with visitor enjoyment and public uses.


(a) Residing in park areas, other than on privately owned lands, except pursuant to the terms and conditions of a permit, lease or contract, is prohibited.

Reason for Determination:
Residing in the park would conflict with the cultural intent and purposes and natural design of the park. It would also conflict with visitor enjoyment and public uses.


(b) A permit is required for the scattering of ashes from cremated human remains, or in the following designated areas without a permit, in accordance with the following terms and conditions:

  • The scattering of human ashes from cremation is prohibited throughout the park.

Reason for Determination:
The Ulysses S. Grant NHS grounds are a highly developed cultural and natural resource within an urban area where concentrations of people gather. Scattering ashes conflicts with the public uses.


(b) Operating a motor vehicle is prohibited except on park roads, in parking areas and on routes and areas designated for off-road motor vehicle use.

  • Electric powered mobility assistance devices (e.g. electric scooters, wheelchairs, Segway devices) for the purpose of transporting persons with disabilities are permitted on park roadways and walkways.

The use of Segways and motorized scooters as a mobility assistive device, as outlined above, must also adhere to the following:

(a) No person under 16 years of age may operate Segways, without adult supervision.

(b) A person shall operate any mobility assistive device in a safe and responsible manner; maximum speed will not exceed more than 8 miles per hour (“Segway Sidewalk/Intermediate” key), so as not to endanger one’s self or other park visitors.
(c) A person riding any mobility assistive device upon and along a sidewalk, while crossing a roadway in a crosswalk, entering or exiting from an elevator, boarding a vessel, or on any other surface shall have all the rights and duties applicable to a pedestrian under the same circumstances, except that the mobility assistive device operator must always yield to other pedestrians (park visitors). Elevator use will be the only exception – users
on any mobility assistive device will enter first, be allowed time to park and secure such device and will be last to exit.

Reason for Determination:

Mobility impaired persons may opt to utilize a Segway as a form of locomotion when traditional forms of wheelchairs or motorized wheelchairs are not chosen as their means of transportation. This is least restrictive to persons with mobility impairment and allows them to participate in park events or educational opportunities.


(b) The following speed limits are established for the routes/roads indicated:

  • The speed limit within Ulysses S. Grant NHS is 5 miles per hour.

Reason for Determination:
This speed limit is established to facilitate the safe and undisruptive travel throughout the park without placing visitors or pedestrians at risk.

36 CFR §4.30 – BICYCLES

(f) Closures and other use restrictions. A superintendent may limit or restrict or impose conditions on bicycle use or may close any park road, parking area, administrative road,trail, or portion thereof to bicycle use, or terminate such condition, closure, limit, or restriction:

  • Bicycling is not allowed in the park with the exception of the parking lot.
  • Bicycles are not allowed inside any historic structure or the Visitor Center.

E-bikes are allowed in Ulysses S. Grant NHS 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 4.30(h)(2)-(5).

Except as specified in this Compendium, the use of an e-bike within Ulysses S. Grant NHS 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.

Reason for Determination:
Pedestrian walkways are not wide enough for both pedestrians and bicyclists to safely enjoy the cultural and natural resources. Consistent with public safety, the protection of natural and cultural resources, and avoidance of conflict among visitor use activities, bicycles within buildings must be restricted. It is recognized that some park visitors arrive on bicycles. Bike racks for securing bicycles are located outside the Visitor Center.


Last updated: March 17, 2022

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