A special park use is a short-term activity that takes place in a park area and typically provides a benefit to an individual, group or organization, or a First Amendment cause, rather than the public at large. The National Park Service may permit a special park use providing the activity will not cause derogation of the park's resources or values, visitor experiences, or the purpose for which the park was established. Primary consideration will be given to potential resource damage and to anticipated disruption of normal public use. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible, but at a minimum of ten days in advance
Types of activities that sometimes require special use permits:
- Filming projects that involve more than five people, in wilderness locations, or more extensive filming equipment.
- Weddings and religious ceremonies
- Sporting events and many other organized gatherings and events
- Public assemblies, demonstrations, speechmaking, and distributing printed materials
All areas are open to scattering of human ashes (cremains) without a permit except for developed areas, campgrounds, and park facilities. The excepted areas or other circumstances require a permit or authorization. How do I apply for a permit and when?Please submit your inquiry or application at least 10 days in advance of your activity.
Email the permit coordinator
for more information (with “SUP” in the subject line).
General Conditions Applying to All Permits
- Covid-19 mitigations including properly fitted masks are required for events or activities that take place inside or in outdoor areas where physical distancing cannot be reasonably maintained, as required by the Superintendent to maintain compliance with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.
- Access for other park visitors must not be impeded. Events must not impact park resources or impede a positive visitor experience for others.
- Park entrance fees apply to all vehicles associated with the permitted event or activity.
- Depending on location and time of day, request may be denied during periods of heavy use (such as Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, or weekends).
- The permit holder is required to comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws, ordinances, regulations, and codes.