Special Use Permits


The National Park Service may require a Special Use Permit (SUP) for certain activities to occur in Valles Caldera National Preserve. These include organized gatherings, public assemblies and demonstrations, special events, filming, and still photography. A special park use is defined as a short-term activity that takes place in a park area and that:

  • provides a benefit to an individual, group or organization rather than the public at large;
  • requires written authorization and some degree of management control from the National Park Service (NPS) in order to protect and preserve resources and the public interest;
  • is not prohibited by law or regulation;
  • is not initiated, sponsored, or conducted by the NPS; and is not managed under a concession contract, a recreation activity for which the NPS charges a fee, or a lease.

Please note that while a special park use may meet the above criteria, not all activities are approved based on park specific resources, visitation, and potential impact.


Which Activities Require A Permit?

The following list includes but is not limited to what activities may need a permit; please contact us to inquire whether your requested activity will require a Special Use Permit.


How to Apply and Fees

A non-refundable application fee is required for your activity to be considered. Applications are reviewed in the order they are received. Applications must be submitted well in advance, preferably 3-4 months before your event. The application fee must be submitted with your application. All activities requiring a SUP must be cleared through NPS compliance review process which may take longer than normal. Please submit requests in a timely manner. We will not “rush process” any requests.


Contact Us

Special Use Permitting Office
Phone: 505-412-0206
Email: vall_permits@nps.gov

Last updated: August 17, 2023

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