Petroglyph National Monument was authorized by Congress on June 27, 1990 to protect petroglyphs and other significant natural and cultural resources, and to facilitate research activities associated with the resources.

Read the official Enabling Legislation here.

Like each of its sister national parks, Petroglyph must balance the competing demands of its dual mission: providing for a fulfilling visitor experience and protecting the significant resources located here.



Monument Projects

Learn more about upcoming and ongoing projects and planning efforts in Petroglyph National Monument by visiting the Planning, Environment, and Public Comment page at:

Monument Planning & Compliance

The National Park Service (NPS) is required by federal law to engage in transparent planning efforts and to solicit public, agency, and tribal input in decision making. The NPS engages in planning to ensure our decisions are as effective and efficient as possible in carrying out the NPS mission to preserve unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the NPS for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.

The National Environmental Policy Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, other laws and regulations, and NPS policies require that certain procedural steps be taken, and that park staff analyze all plans and project proposals to determine the degree of impacts on the environment. The involvement and input of the interested and affected public is an essential component in this process.

This site is dedicated to providing the public with information on planning activities and projects within Petroglyph National Monument. The link above provides the public with more information on approved and ongoing planning activities and projects within Petroglyph National Monument and more information on how to get involved.

Planning Documents

Foundation Document 2017 Overview (4 page Adobe pdf document)
Foundation Document 2017 (50 page Adobe pdf document)


First Amendment Activities

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. The necessity of a permit to conduct First Amendment activities is determined by the group size, either a "small group" or a "large group." This guidance affects only the Federally managed Atrisco Unit of Petroglyph National Monument. The designated First Amendment site within Petroglyph National Monument is the outdoor amphitheater, located just west of the visitor center parking lot.

A "small group" is defined as 25 people or less. A small group is not required to obtain a First Amendment Permit if they are located within a park designated First Amendment site and have no more than leaflets, booklets, and/or hand held signs. A permit is required for any "small group" that:

a. wants to hold a demonstration or distribute and/or sell printed materials somewhere outside a designated First Amendment site.

b. is merely an extension of another "small group" already exceeding the 25 person maximum.

c. wants to guarantee they will have priority for the use of a location, including the designated First Amendment site.

d. wants to use a sound system, tables, banners or platforms, etc.

A "large group" is defined as more than 25 people and is required to obtain a First Amendment Permit even if they are utilizing a park designated First Amendment site.

Some examples of events that fall under the First Amendment Rules:

· Distribution and/or sales of printed materials or publications

· Religious services

· Public demonstrations or assemblies

First Amendment activities that require a permit are restricted to the current First Amendment site which is the outdoor amphitheater, located just west of the Visitor Center Parking Lot.

There are no permit fees associated with First Amendment permits.

Please email us for more information about designated First Amendment sites or the application process.

Print a Permit application

Mail or drop-off completed forms with original signatures to:

Petroglyph National Monument
6001 Unser Blvd. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87120

Last updated: August 3, 2022

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