Freedom of speech, press, religion, and assembly are constitutional rights. However, the courts have recognized that activities associated with the exercise of these rights may be reasonably regulated to protect park resources. Therefore, some first amendment activities require special use permit. The National Park Service may regulate the time, place, and manner in which they are conducted.
First Amendment Activities
The necessity of permit to conduct first amendment activities is determined by the group size as wells as:
A large group is defined as "more than 25 people." Groups with more than 25 people are required to obtain a first amendment permit even if they are utilizing a park designated First Amendment site. Per 36 CFR 2.51(c) and 2.52(b)(1), “demonstrations and the sale or the distribution of printed matter by 25 or fewer persons may be conducted without a permit in the available areas designated…”
Some Examples of Special Events that Fall under First Amendment Activities
Distribution and/or sale of printed matter
Designated First Amendment Activities Areas
First amendment and public assembly activities are limited to designated fist amendment activity areas as described in the Superintendent's Compendium.
There are no permit fees associated with first amendment activities permits.
How to Exercise Your First Amendment Right
Special Park Uses
White Sands National Park
PO Box 1086
Holloman AFB, NM 88330
If You Have Additional Questions...
If you have questions or would like to speak to someone regarding first amendement activities at the park, we encourage you to contact the Special Use Permit Coordinator at 575-479-6124 ext. 217 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include "1st Amendment activities" in the subject line.
Last updated: July 7, 2023