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.
Types of Activities Requiring Special Use Permit:
- Sporting events, festivals, and many other organized gatherings and events
- Public assemblies, demonstrations, speechmaking, and distributing printed materials
- Religious ceremonies
- Commercial filming/photography projects involving models, actors, or props
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:
- Access for other park visitors must not be impeded.
- Park entrance fees apply to all vehicles associated with the permitted event or activity.
- Available parking is limited, often crowded and not guaranteed.
- 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).
- Events must not impact park resources or impede a positive visitor experience for others.
- Use of decorations, music, and equipment must be specifically discussed with park staff and approved by permit.
- The permit holder is required to comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws, ordinances, regulations, and codes.