Scattering of Ashes Permit

Application Process

Complete the Scattering Ashes Special Use Permit form and email to at least two weeks before the planned date for scattering ashes. There is no fee for this activity.

Your request will be evaluated based on the information in your application. Applicants should attach maps, diagrams, and other information that might assist park staff in evaluating the application.

For further information, please call 307-739-3616 or e-mail us

Restrictions & Conditions

A Special Use Permit does not allow the permittee to restrict park visitors from any location; therefore, sites which attract a large number of visitors should be avoided. Normal visitor use patterns will not be interrupted and are only allowed as specified in the approved permit. Permit activities may not occur simultaneously with other permitted activities or unduly conflict with scheduled public activities.

Permit activities may be restricted based on weather or seasonal conditions (fire danger, standing water, nesting season, road closures, etc.). Additional closures, use limits and /or restricted activities are listed in the Superintendent's Compendium.

Activities that may damage, significantly impact, or alter park resources are prohibited. The following are also prohibited:

  • altering, damaging or removing vegetation.
  • vehicle use off established roads and parking areas.

Restrictions and conditions enumerated in the permit generally include the following:

  • Cremated remains must be pulverized and scattered.
  • Scattering must result in complete dispersal of ashes so that no obvious piles remain in any one place.
  • Cremated remains cannot be deposited within 100 yards of a flowing stream, river or body of water, or within a developed area.
  • No container, urn, or memorial markers of any kind may be left within the boundaries of Grand Teton National Park or the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway.
  • The park's purpose is to protect the resources of the area; therefore, individuals or groups must remain on paved areas and trails at all times to prevent damage to vegetation.
  • Pets are not allowed on trails and must be under physical restraint, leashes six feet or less, in permissible areas.
  • The permit must be in your possession at the time of the event and rangers may request to review it.

Last updated: March 18, 2021

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P.O. Box 170
Moose, WY 83012


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