See the application form for 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.


Application Fee
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. The non-refundable fees are:

Small Picnic Gatherings - 15 people or less: $50

Permit is optional for gatherings of 15 or less, but it will guarentee the permitees a locaton.

Large Picnic Gatherings - 16 people or more: $100

Permit is required.

If additional monitoring is required, a charge of $50.00 per hour/per employee will be assessed.

Each guest vehicle will be required to purchase an entrance pass to enter the monument, as standard entrance fees apply.



Colorado National Monument allows picnics in the following locations:

·Saddlehorn Picnic Area

·Devils Kitchen Picnic Area

How To Apply

Complete Form 10-930:
Picnic Application

Mail it (along with a check or money order 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. Additional processing fees will be charged if permit is approved.

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 picnic 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).


If you are not sure that your event requires a permit or if 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: August 19, 2021

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1750 Rim Rock Drive
Fruita, CO 81521


(970) 858-2800

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