Special events are activities such as weddings, memorial services, pageants, spectator attractions, entertainment, ceremonies, automobile/motorcycle club rallies, organized tours or rides, large group camps or rendezvous, which fall under the category of privileges. Special events differ from public assemblies and public meetings in that the latter activities are rights protected by the First Amendment.
The authority for the management of special events in a national park site can be found in Title 16, U.S. Code and Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, 2.50.
2006 National Park Service Management Policies and Director's Order 53 Special Park Uses provide policy guidance for management of special event activities.
The following guidelines are established by the 2006 National Park Service Management Policies as they relate to special event activities within this unit of the National Park Service.
A special park use is a short-term activity that takes place in a park area and that:
Special use permits for special events will not be issued, if in the opinion of the Superintendent, the special event will:
All applications will be handled in the order they are received. Most requests can be accommodated within 10 working days, but some can take longer depending on the scale of the request. 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.
Application fees vary depending on the type of permit issued. Additional processing fees will be charged if permit is approved.
For questions or additional information, please contact the Special Park Use Coordinator at (970) 641-2337 ext 221.
Application Forms and Further Information
Complete appropriate form above and mail it (along with payment; checks made out to the National Park Service) to:
Last updated: January 13, 2022