Special events are activities, such as sporting events, weddings, pageants, spectator attractions, entertainment, ceremonies, large group camps or rendezvous, which fall under the category of privileges. Special events differ from public assemblies and public meetings in that the latter activities are rights protected by the First Amendment.
The authority for the management of special events in a National Park can be found in Title 16, U.S. Code and Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, 2.50.
National Park Service Management Policies 2006 and Director’s Order 53 Special Park Uses provide policy guidance for management of special event activities.
The following guidelines are established by the National Park Service Management Policies 2006 as they relate to special event activities within this unit of the National Park Service.
SPECIAL USE/EVENT PERMITS
A special park use is a short term activity that takes place in a park area and that:
Special use permits for special events will not be issued if, in the Superintendent’s opinion, the special event will:
COSTS AND FEES
Special Events: $100
Special Events - $180
Each contains a minimum 2 hour monitoring charge. If additional monitoring is required, a charge of $50.00 per hour/per employee will be assessed.
HOW TO APPLY
For weddings, please complete Form 10-930s [36k PDF file] and mail it (along with a check or money order made out to National Park Service) to the address below.
For all other special events, complete Form 10-930 [41k PDF File] and mail it (along with a check or money order made out to National Park Service) to:
Special Park Use Coordinator
All applications will be handled in the order they are received.Standard requests can be processed in 10 business days. Requests that involve multiple locations, complex logistics, and coordination with other NPS divisions or visitor activities may require a minimum of four weeks to process. A minimum of four weeks is also required to process permits for projects that need additional environmental compliance.
Special event permits are issued by authority of the Superintendent through the Chief Ranger’s Office.
For questions or additional information, please contact the Special Park Uses Coordinator at (435) 719-2121.
Did You Know?
In the late 1800s, John Wesley Wolfe, a disabled Civil War veteran, and his son, Fred, built a homestead in what is now Arches National Park. A weathered log cabin, root cellar, and corral remain as evidence of the primitive ranch they operated for more than 10 years.