Laws & Policies

Laws & Policies

The National Park Service was established in 1916 by the Organic Act (pdf 52K).
Each national park site is created by its own enabling legistation. The enabling legislation (pdf 39K) for Fort Union National Monument was passed in 1954.

The general management and use of resources under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service is provided by Chapter 1 of Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).

Within Title 36 of CFR, each park superintendent has the discretionary authority to establish more or less restrictive regulations in certain instances. These most specific rules are developed with public input to implement applicable law. These regulations are outlined in the 2020 Fort Union National Monument Superintendent's Compendium.

Other Park Policies
Unmanned Aircraft
Fort Union National Monument is closed to public use activities involving unmanned aircraft. See the superintendent's compendium for details.

As of February 22, 2010 a new federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws, to legally possess firearms in this park. Refer to Section 512 of the Credit Card Accountability and Disclosure Act of 2009, Public Law 111-24, 123 Stat. 1764-65 .

Park User Responsibility - It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before entering this park. As a starting point, please check with the New Mexico Department of Public Safety.

Weapons Prohibited in Federal Facilities - Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park; those places are marked with signs at all public entrances.

Read more about firearms in national parks.

Archaeological Resources
All archaeological resources at Fort Union National Monument are protected by federal law. See the Archaeological Resources Protection Act.

Historic Weapons
Volunteers who participate in the park's living history and historic weapons program are required to abide by the National Park Service manuals for historic weapons firing.
19th-century artillery drill
19th-century musket manual



Last updated: February 12, 2021

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