Gatherings and commercial activities in national parks often require a special use permit. The purpose of these permits is to ensure the protection of the park's natural and cultural resources, as well as to minimize conflicts between park visitors and your guests.
You must have a permit to scatter ashes in the park. There are some requirements on where you may scatter ashes. We recommend conducting your memorial early in the day, when there will be fewer crowds and more privacy.
- Your group size is limited to six people.
- You may scatter ashes on land only, away from cultural features, in an area which will not impact other visitors.
- You may not leave any monument, cairn, or other marker at the site.
- You may not bury human ashes.
- Your event must comply with all other park regulations.
- Non-refundable Application Fee - $55
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.
- Administrative Fees - $30
Once a request is approved, this fee covers the costs associated with issuing a standard permit. This fee includes, but is not limited to, the average time it takes for processing fees, permit development, consultations with the permittee, managerial consultations and billing.
Total fees for permit: $85. Standard park entrance fees also apply.
How to Apply
Complete Form 10-930s [836k PDF] and mail it (along with credit card information in the application, or a check or money order made out to National Park Service) to the address below. You can also email a completed application to the address listed in the document.:
Special Park Use Coordinator
Southeast Utah Group
2282 Resource Blvd.
Moab, Utah 84532
We will handle applications in the order we receive them. We can process standard requests in 10 business days. Projects that need additional environmental compliance require a minimum of four weeks to process.
The Chief Ranger's Office issues special event permits by authority of the park superintendent.