Special Use Permits
As required by law, Rocky Mountain National Park manages special park uses (special events). A special park use is defined as a short-term activity that takes place in a park area, and that:
Some examples of activities that require a special use permit include weddings, memorial services, organized gatherings, distribution of printed material and other public expressions of opinion, demonstrations, and other activities that are controlled or prohibited.
An application for the event must be completed and returned to the park for processing and approval before the event can occur. Along with a completed application, there are other requirements that may include the following: a permit fee of $300 (First Amendment activities are exempt), event monitoring, and conditions/requirements specific to each event.
Once the application is received, the processing of your permit may take some time. There are dates, location, staffing, potential expenses, and possible liability and insurance issues that must be considered before a permit is approved. Accordingly, a final approved permit may not be received until just prior to the event. Contingent upon an approved written permit event planning may proceed, however; there are specific conditions that require compliance. These include but are not limited to the following:
Please contact the Concessions Management Office if you have further questions via e-mail or phone 970-586-1209.
To download a printable special use permit application, click here.
Did You Know?
There are accessible trails which are good choices for visitors interested in adjusting to the park's higher elevations, groups that include young children, visitors with visual impairment and anyone who finds walking on level, relatively smooth paths attractive.