Scattering Ashes

A permit is required to scatter ashes in Rocky Mountain National Park. We can only issue a permit to scatter ashes within the boundary of Rocky Mountain National Park, we cannot issue permits for other NPS units, Estes Park, other natural areas in Colorado or Forest Service units.

There is no charge for the permit.

The guidelines below need to be keep in mind when filling out the request:

  1. There are no designated sites for scattering of ashes, but the location you choose must be away from developed areas (parking lots, trailheads, campgrounds, picnic areas) and at least 200 feet (70 adult steps) from any water source such as a lake or stream.
  2. Discretion should be exercised in spreading ashes; doing so is generally a very private moment and care should be given not to disturb other park users.
  3. Ashes should be spread about and not buried or placed in a pile.
  4. No markers, cairns, displays, signs, or plaques may be placed in the park.
  5. We suggest early in the morning as a good time of day for your memorial as the afternoons are usually more crowded and afford less privacy and solitude.

If you are unfamiliar with Rocky Mountain National Park, we have listed a few scenic areas that could be used as a scattering of ashes ceremony location.

Recommended Meadows: (note: seasonal closures)
  • Upper Beaver Meadows
  • Mill Creek Basin
  • Moraine Park
  • Horseshoe Park
  • Endovalley
  • Hidden Valley
You must still be 200 feet from water at these locations. Other sites may be requested; these are just a few recommendations.

Applicants must designate a date and location on their applications. Please do not put a range of dates or geneally list location as "RMNP", "Estes Park" etc. Be specific to the area you would like to go. This will ensure a shortened processing time.


Please email questions and application submittal to

Last updated: March 20, 2024

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