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 two weeks in advance.
Types of Activities Requiring Special Use Permit:
Commercial business activities, research activities, and scattering cremated ashes require different permits, not a special use permit. Please return to Permits and Reservations page in order to apply for a permit for these activities.
General Conditions Applying to All Permits:
Last updated: March 23, 2021