Memorials, Scatterings and First Amendment Activities

Please call 970-858-3617 Ext: 300 for more details before submitting an application for activities.

Spreading of Cremains or Scattering Ashes and First Amendment Activities

FREE permit required, contact the Special Use Coordinator at 970 858-3617, Ext: 300.

Entrance fees will apply to each vehicle entering the monument.

Download the non-fee permit


How To Apply

Contact the Special Park Use Coordinator at 970-858-3617 Ext: 300
Colorado National Monument
1750 Rim Rock Drive
Fruita, CO 81521


Rules and Regulations

Memorials and Scatterings

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
and handling of food and disposal of trash.

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).

First Amendment Activities

Most of the above rules and regulations also pertain to First Amendment activities.

Freedom of speech, press, religion, and assembly are constitutional rights. However,
the courts have recognized that activities associated with the exercise of these rights may be reasonably regulated to protect park resources. The necessity of a permit to conduct First Amendment activities is determined by the group size.

A small group is defined as "25 people or less" and is required to obtain a First Amendment Permit if they are located within a park designated First Amendment site and have no more than leaflets, booklets and/or hand held signs. A permit is required for any small group that:

1. Wants to hold a demonstration or distribute and/or sell printed
matter somewhere outside a designated First Amendment area.

2. Wants to use equipment (i.e. tables, banners, platforms, etc.) even if
it is within a designated area.

3. Is merely an extension of another group already availing itself of the
25 person maximum.

4. Wants to guarantee they will have priority for the use of a location,
including the designated First Amendment areas.

Some examples of special events that fall under First Amendment Rules:

1. Distribution and/or sale of printed matter

2. Religious services

3. Public demonstrations or assemblies, etc.

There are no permit fees associated with First Amendment permits.



If you are not sure that your event requires a permit or you have other questions, contact:
Special Use Coordinator National Park Service
1750 Rim Rock Drive
Fruita, CO 81521
970-858-3617 Ext: 300 phone
970-858-0372 fax

Last updated: February 17, 2017

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1750 Rim Rock Drive
Fruita, CO 81521


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