Rim Rock Drive is OPEN - Visitor Center is OPEN 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Rim Rock Drive is OPEN Be on the lookout for Desert Bighorn Sheep along Rim Rock Drive. There also may be minor traffic delays near the East Entrance over the coming weeks. Watch for construction flaggers on the roadway.
Memorials and Scatterings
Spreading of Cremains or Scattering Ashes
No Fee; permit required, contact the Visitor Services Office 970 858-3617, 365.
The non-refundable application fee must accompany each application. This fee is based on an average time it takes to provide initial contact and consultation with permittees and initial review of a standard application or project. The non-refundable fees are:
Hourly Management Fee Under the following situations, a $50 per hour rate applies:
Extended Administrative Time: Any requests that involve multiple locations, complex logistics, coordination with other NPS divisions or additional environmental compliance, or any permit that requires additional staff time beyond the averages in the initial costs will be charged an additional $50 per hour per employee that is needed in order to complete the permit.
If you are not sure that your event requires a permit or you have other questions, contact: Special Use Administrator
****All guests will be required to purchase an entrance pass to enter the park (including periods when the entrance is not staffed) unless they are: 15 years of age or younger; are 62 years of age or older with a valid Interagency Senior Pass (formerly Golden Age Passport): an Interagency Access (Golden Access); or Interagency or Colorado National Monument Pass.
How To Apply
Complete Form 10-930 and mail it (along with a check or money order made out to the National Park Service) to:
Special Park Use Coordinator
Rules and Regulations
1. Special Use Permits issued for most facilities and areas will be limited to three hours.
2. Please limit the number of vehicles in your party to 10 as parking space is limited. For large gatherings you should consider car pooling or buses to transport your guests.
3. Activities may not interfere with normal visitor use of the Park; therefore, areas will not be closed to public access during the event.
4. Park personnel will not be available to offer special assistance for traffic, parking, or other logistical needs associated with your wedding.
5. All participants associated with a Special Park Use event must observe and comply with all Park regulations, including those regarding the storage, handling of food and disposal of trash and garbage.
6. The use of rice or birdseed is not permitted. The area used for your ceremony is to be policed and left in the same condition as it was prior to your event.
7. Amplification of sound before, during, or after the ceremony and connection to park utilities is not permitted.
8. Animals are to be kept on a leash at all times and under physical control and pets, other than service animals are prohibited in the backcountry.
9. Any event that interferes with the normal activities of visitors, such as the closing of trails, overlooks or public use facilities, will not be allowed.
10. No disturbance of vegetation or other natural objects is allowed.
11. Park regulations do not permit the throwing or scattering of rice, birdseed, flower petals or any similar material. In addition, the release of animals including birds, butterflies or other insects is prohibited.
12. Buildings or structures cannot be used for attachments (such as banners or flowers).
13. Permittee will assume all responsibility for cleanup of the site.
14. All vehicles must be parked in designated parking areas. Carpooling is recommended; parking may be limited in some areas.
If you are not sure that your event requires a permit or you have other questions, contact:
Special Use Administrator
National Park Service
1750 Rim Rock Drive
Fruita, CO 81521
Did You Know?
Colorado National Monument is located near the northeast corner of the Colorado Plateau, an arid semi-desert region located between the Rocky Mountains and the Great Basin of Nevada. The average elevation of the entire Colorado Plateau is over 5,000 feet! More...