Scattering Cremated Remains

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A forested cliff with red rock spires and a broad forested valley below
View from Piracy Point

NPS Photo / Peter Densmore

Bryce Canyon National Park does allow the scattering of cremated human remains within the park. This activity requires a Special Use Permit.

Conditions of Permit

  • Piracy Point is the only designated scattering site. There will be no scattering of human ashes in the main amphitheater. (Image at top is view from Piracy Point)
  • A copy of the Certificate of Cremated Human Remains must accompany the application
  • Ashes from Cremated Human Remains must be scattered in a manner so as to disperse their identity
  • No teeth, bone fragments, or remnants recognizable as human remains may be scattered
  • The placement of any monument or marker recognizing the scattering of cremated human remains is prohibited
  • The scattering of human ashes by air is prohibited
  • No more than 30 participants may attend the ceremony
  • Prerecorded music or audio amplifying devices are prohibited
  • Ceremonies shall not interfere with normal visitor traffic

Fees

The cost of the permit is $25.00. This covers the cost of processing the permit and administrative costs. This fee does not cover access into the park. All who will be participating in the memorial will be charged general admission to Bryce Canyon National Park (See our Current Fee Structure for admission prices), unless an annual or other pass is used (Golden Age, Golden Access, Interagency Annual America the Beautiful Pass, etc.)

You may mail or fax the permit application to the Special Use Permits Coordinator. It will take two to four weeks to obtain a permit. Once a permit is generated, it will be sent to you for signature. Once you sign and return the permit to us, it will be signed by an authorized park representative and only then will it be valid. The completed permit will be returned for your use and you will present it at the entrance station.

Application Process

The permit application can be found below. Once complete, mail applications to:

Special Use Permits Coordinator
Bryce Canyon National Park
PO Box 640201
Bryce Canyon, UT 84764-0201

Phone: 435-834-4761
Fax: 435-834-4703

E-mail us with any questions. Please include "Scattering Cremated Remains" in the subject line.

Permit Application

Last updated: January 21, 2021

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