• View from the Canyon Rim Trail. Photo by Jeff Kochevar


    National Monument Colorado


See the application form more details on necessary fees and information needed for special use permits. Please call 970-858-3617 Ext: 300 for more details before submitting an application for activities.



Colorado National Monument allows special events in the following locations:
·Book Cliffs View - groups of 25 or less

·Book Cliffs Shelter - groups of 15 or less

·Saddlehorn Amphitheater

·Saddlehorn Picnic Area

·Devils Kitchen Picnic Area


Application Forms and Further Information

Complete Form 10-930 and mail it (along with payment; checks made out to the National Park Service) to:

Special Park Use Coordinator
Colorado National Monument
1750 Rim Rock Drive
Fruita, CO 81521

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.


Rules And Regulations

1. 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.

2. Special Use Permits issued for most facilities and areas will be limited to three hours.

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 such as a wedding must observe and comply with all Park regulations, including those regarding the storage, handling of food and disposal of trash and garbage.

6. Amplification of sound before, during, or after the ceremony and connection to park utilities is not permitted.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. No disturbance of vegetation or other natural objects is allowed.

10. 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. Leave the site as you found it, or better.

11. Buildings or structures cannot be used for attachments (such as banners or flowers).


If you have questions about the permitting process, contact:

Special Use Administrator
National Park Service
1750 Rim Rock Drive
Fruita, CO 81521
970-858-3617 Ext: 300 phone
970-858-0372 fax

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