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Commercial Film & Photography Permits

***Currently, Filming Permits will not be taken due to the Delta Variant on the Navajo Nation. When the Navajo Nation reopens to 100% we will decide if filming will resume.***

Requests for commercial filming and photography in areas under the authority of the Navajo Parks and Recreation Department are received regularly. The purpose of these Commercial Filming and Photography Policy and Procedures is to establish guidelines to be followed in the application for, review, approval/disapproval, of commercial filming and photography permits. Navajo Parks and Recreation Department shall allow commercial filming and photography in tribal parks, recreation areas and monument only in a manner consistent with these policies and procedures.

Rates are dependent on the number of people, vehicles, and days spent in the park. This is a drone & aircraft free Navajo Tribal Park area. Drones are prohibited. 

Additional Information

The Navajo Parks and Recreation Department was established by the Advisory Committee of the Navajo Tribal Council pursuant to Resolution CAU-48-64. The Department is responsible for the protection, preservation and conservation of the natural and cultural resources and values within established Navajo Tribal Parks, Monuments and Recreation Areas.

Navajo Parks and Recreation Department, has the authority to issue filming permits in tribal park areas pursuant to Government Services Committee resolution GSCJY-18-04, Section IV. J.

These policies and procedures apply within tribal parks, recreation areas, monuments and other areas under the authority and supervision of the Navajo Parks and Recreation Department. The policy and procedures also apply specifically to filming and photography undertaken for commercial purposes, i.e. for financial gain or public display and exhibition.

Staff/Monitoring Fees:
1-3 days $50/day/staff/on-site
4+ days $100/day/staff/on-site

Processing Fees:
$100 Processing Fee for All Applications that have all the required information for one (1) person/entity. ($25 additional Processing Fee that involves requests for additional documentation or revisions.)

$200 Processing Fee for Weddings, Film companies or Photography workshops that involve four (4) or more people.

$500 Processing Fee for all “After-the-Fact” requests for photography permits. (Permits should be acquired before photo is taken).

$250 Land Usage Fee for all areas. (NN Code, §17.)

DO NOT desecrate Navajo lands and violate the trust of the Navajo people by discarding cremated human remains on tribal lands. Please respect our tribal beliefs.

NO ROCK CLIMBING on Navajo Land. Please abide by the humble religious requests of the Navajo people and do not climb the Monuments. “Navajo law will be strictly enforced on this issue,” Parks Department Manager.

*All areas on the Navajo Nation are closed to non-Navajos unless you have a valid pass or permit issued by the Navajo Parks and Recreation Department or other delegated tribal authority. Failure to have a permit is considered Trespassing on a Federal Indian Reservation.

Navajo Nation Parks & Rec
(928) 871-6647

Land Department/Parks & Recreation 48 West Taylor Rd. Bldg #8966, Hwy 264,  St. Michaels, Arizona 86515

Our Mission is to protect, preserve and manage tribal parks, monuments and recreation areas for the perpetual enjoyment and benefit of the Navajo Nation – the spectacular landscapes, buttes, canyons, clean air, diversity of plants and wildlife, and areas of beauty and solitude.

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