For anyone wishing to photograph the Chaco ruins at night, a Park Service chaperone is required. While it’s not a “bureaucratic nightmare”, it is somewhat involved but the process is important to preserve the site. Below are samples of required forms along with links to the pages on the park website. First is the application form.


The fee schedule can be found here.

Fees, Bonds and Insurance Requirements for Special Use Permits at

The insurance form sample. As complicated as this looks, what is actually required is proof of home owner’s insurance.

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And of course the FAQ.

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