Weddings & Other Ceremonies

View of a Wedding at RMNP in Winter
A wedding at RMNP during the winter season


2023 Wedding Permit Updates

When Can I Apply for a Wedding Permit?

If you are interested in getting married in Rocky Mountain National Park, please remember to plan well in advance of your desired wedding date.

RMNP accepts applications the year in advance of desired wedding month.

For example: Beginning on January 1, 2023, Rocky Mountain National Park will start accepting applications for all days in January of 2024, etc.

Maximum Permit Limits

  • May- October: 60 per month for all issued permits on a first come – first served basis
  • November - April: 40 per month for all issued permits on a first come – first served basis

2023 Calendar Year Updates

If you are interested in getting married in Rocky Mountain National Park during the 2023 Calendar year, please be aware that several months have already reached the maximum permit limits are are fully booked.

No additional applications will be accepted for the following months in 2023:

  • June
  • September

What is the Maximum Wedding Ceremony Size?

The maximum wedding ceremony size is 30 people, unless the normal site limit is less.

  • Total group size cannot exceed 30 people or the normal site limit, including the wedding couple, all guests (including infants and young children), officants, and photographers.

We appreciate your understanding in our efforts to keep visitors and staff safe as well as protect the park's resources.

Additional Updates:

Please be aware that the Moraine Park Discovery Center Amphitheater will not be available as a wedding location during 2023.

A wooden dock on a lake shore with mountains in the distance.
Sprague Lake Dock

NPS Photo / Ann Schonlau VIP

Thank you for your interest in conducting your wedding or other ceremony in Rocky Mountain National Park.

If you are looking for a simple, rustic, no-frills ceremony in an outdoor setting, the park might work for you.

If you’re looking for a place that allows chairs, music, decorations, runners, arches, tents, or other extras, Rocky Mountain National Park will not be your best option.


Ceremony Locations

  • Ceremony sites in Rocky Mountain National Park are located in areas that are open to the public. All locations are outdoors and rustic in nature without protection from the weather.
  • Ceremony site use is on a first-come, first-served basis based on the date applications are received by our office.
  • Ceremonies are limited to two hours maximum at all locations.
  • Weddings are not permitted in public facilities such as visitor centers, roadside turnouts, parking areas, overlooks, or in special wildlife viewing areas.
  • No sites can be reserved for the exclusive use of your event. Scheduled park programs and activities may be taking place at the same time and in the same general area.
  • Most designated sites can only accommodate small groups. For wedding ceremonies, the overall number includes the wedding party, children, officiant, and photographer(s).
  • There are limited sites that will accommodate these larger ceremonies, and these should be scheduled as soon as possible through the application process with the Concessions Office. Not all party sizes will be permitted in all areas. Size limits vary depending on parking, time of year, and location of site.
  • Construction may take place unexpectedly at any time or location throughout the park. Construction is considered a critical need and may impact areas within the ceremony site locations. However, we cannot offer refunds for locations that are impacted by this. If there is construction at the location of your ceremony, contact the Concessions Office to discuss the option of changing the site location.
  • For any questions, contact the Concessions Office for further information.

Read detailed information about designated ceremony sites and site restrictions.


Read Prior to Submitting Application

  • The Special Use Permit requires a non-refundable administrative fee of $300 for each wedding application. Do not send in fee at the time of application. You'll receive an email with payment instructions once your application has been accepted.
  • No more than two weddings per day will be booked at any designated wedding location, regardless of availability.
  • No more than six total ceremonies will be scheduled per day, year-round.
  • Weddings can ONLY take place in designated site locations, regardless of the size of the wedding group. Any indication of a ceremony taking place outside of these designated sites is considered a violation and is subject to citation of the wedding party, photographer, and/or officiant.
  • Drones are prohibited in the park for all uses, including weddings, even if the user/photographer is FFA licensed. No exceptions will be made.
  • Rocky Mountain National Park is a resource protected area and a busy national park with high visitation. All ceremonies in the park are managed and require a Special Use Permit, regardless of size.
  • Weddings or ceremonies may be scheduled up to one year in advance and no later than seven days prior to your event.
  • As parking spaces are limited in the park, carpooling or shuttling is strong encouraged and may be required.
  • Normal entrance fees apply to all vehicles associated with the ceremony.
  • Since Rocky Mountain National Park is an outdoor, rustic, natural environment, the permit includes specific conditions that protect the park's resources and allow all visitors to enjoy the par. Read carefully to determine whether your ceremony will be possible. We've tried to address the key points required for arranging a ceremony in the park. You'll be required to read and sign the permit.
  • Ceremonies conducted in Rocky require written approval from the Chief Ranger's Office or Concessions Management Office. Your finalized, signed permit is considered written approval.

To submit a Wedding Permit Request:

  • First, Download a Special Use Application
  • Next, you must email your special use application to the following address: Mailed in/faxed application forms or requests via phone are not accepted.
  • After favorable review of your application, a Special Use Permit will be prepared and sent to you for signature via email. Upon receipt, review, sign, and return the permit via email for final approval. If your ceremony plans change, notify our office immediately. After the permit is finalized, we'll send you an authorized copy via email. The approved permit must be in your possession at the time of the ceremony.


Failure to comply with any of the terms and conditions of this permit may result in the immediate suspension or revocation of the permit. [36 CFR 1.6(h)]

1. The permittee is prohibited from giving false information; to do so will be considered a breach of conditions and be grounds for revocation: [36 CFR 2.32(a)(3)].

2. This permit may not be transferred or assigned without the prior written consent of the Superintendent.

3. The permittee shall exercise this privilege subject to the supervision of the Superintendent or designee, and shall comply with all applicable Federal, State, county and municipal laws, ordinances, regulations, codes, and the terms and conditions of this permit. Failure to do so may result in the immediate suspension of the permitted activity or the revocation of the permit. All costs associated with clean up or damage repairs in conjunction with a revoked permit will be the responsibility of the permittee.

4. The permittee is responsible for making all necessary contacts and arrangements with other Federal, State, and local agencies to secure required inspections, permits, licenses, etc.

5. The park area associated with this permit will remain open and available to the public during park visiting hours. This permit does not guarantee exclusive use of an area. Permit activities will not unduly interfere with other park visitors’ use and enjoyment of the area.

6. This permit may be revoked at the discretion of the Superintendent upon 24 hours’ notice.

7. This permit may be revoked without notice if damage to resources or facilities occurs or is threatened, notwithstanding any other term or condition of the permit to the contrary.

8. This permit is made upon the express condition that the United States, its agents and employees shall be free from all liabilities and claims for damages and/or suits for or by reason of any injury, injuries, or death to any person or persons or property of any kind whatsoever, whether to the person or property of the Permittee, its agents or employees, or third parties, from any cause or causes whatsoever while in or upon said premises or any part thereof during the term of this permit or occasioned by any occupancy or use of said premises or any activity carried on by the Permittee in connection herewith, and the Permittee hereby covenants and agrees to indemnify, defend, save and hold harmless the United States, its agents, and employees from all liabilities, charges, expenses and costs on account of or by reason of any such injuries, deaths, liabilities, claims, suits or losses however occurring or damages growing out of the same.

9. Permittee agrees to carry general liability insurance against claims occasioned by the action or omissions of the permittee, its agents and employees in carrying out the activities and operations authorized by this permit. The policy shall be in the amount of $____ N/A ____ per Occurrence, $____ N/A _____ Aggregate and underwritten by a United States company naming the United States of America as additional insured. The permittee agrees to provide the Superintendent with a Certificate of Insurance with the proper endorsements prior to the effective date of the permit.

10. Permittee agrees to deposit with the park a bond in the amount of $_____ N/A ____ from an authorized bonding company or in the form of cash or cash equivalent, to guarantee that all financial obligations to the park will be met.

11. Costs incurred by the park as a result of accepting and processing the application and managing and monitoring the permitted activity will be reimbursed by the permittee. Administrative costs and estimated costs for activities on site must be paid when the permit is approved. If any additional costs are incurred by the park, the permittee will be billed at the conclusion of the permit. Should the estimated costs paid exceed the actual costs incurred; the difference will be returned to the permittee.

12. The person(s) named on the permit as in charge of the permitted activity on-site must have full authority to make any decisions about the activity and must remain available at all times. He/she shall be responsible for all individuals, groups, vendors, etc. involved with the permit

13. Nothing herein contained shall be construed as binding the Service to expend in any one fiscal year any sum in excess of appropriations made by Congress or administratively allocated for the purpose of this permit for the fiscal year, or to involve the Service in any contract or other obligation for the further expenditure of money in excess of such appropriations or allocations.

14. If any provision of this permit shall be found to be invalid or unenforceable, the remainder of this permit shall not be affected and the other provisions of this permit shall be valid and be enforced to the fullest extent permitted by law.

15. All individuals participating in the permitted event or activity must wear masks in accordance with the current mask-wearing requirements in the Superintendent's compendium, which is available on the park's website or from the Superintendent's office.


16. The permittee, in exercising the privileges granted by this permit, shall comply with the regulations of Department of Interior, National Park Service, and all federal, state, country, and municipal laws, ordinances or regulations which are applicable to the area of operations covered by this permit.

17. The permit is valid for activities occurring in Rocky Mountain National Park and does not permit activities on any other lands or waters administered by any other state or federal land management agency, private land or other units of the National Park Service.

18. Permittee will comply with applicable public health and sanitation standards and codes. Permittee will apply Leave No Trace ethics during their visit in the Park.

19. Credit will ___; will not X be given to the Department of Interior and National Park Service through the use of an appropriate title or announcement.

20. Any special instructions received from the official in charge of the area will be complied with.

21. Any additional information relating to the privilege applied for by this application will be furnished upon request of the official in charge.

22. No personal gratuity of any nature whatsoever will be offered to any employee of the Government in connection with the exercise of the privilege granted.

23. The Permittee and designee/representatives shall avoid any inference, written, spoken or printed, of any connection, either official or unofficial, with the National Park Service and/or its activities.

24. All natural and cultural resources are protected by law; utmost care will be exercised to see that no natural, historic, or cultural features are injured and that area be cleaned up and restored to its prior conditions.

25. The designated areas shall remain open to park visitors. Other park visitors shall not be requested to move themselves, their vehicles, or alter their selected activities by the permittee. Further, all pathways and trails in the ceremony area must remain clear for visitors to freely walk the path unimpeded. Do not block trails.

a. Special note on Lily Lake Southside Picnic Area: This is generally open to public use for recreational activities; however, the site is posted with a sign that informs users of the following: “If a Special Use Permit has been issued for this site you could be asked to vacate the area for the group that secured an advanced reservation and paid a fee for its use.” If you have received a Special Use Permit for this site and find that it is occupied upon arrival, kindly refer to the posted sign and advise that you have a Special Use Permit in hand that has reserved this site for the specific date and times. If you have any difficulty accessing and using the site for the times shown on your permit, contact a park ranger or volunteer for assistance by calling the Park Dispatch Center at (970) 586-1204.

26. Guests must follow all traffic, trail, and site regulations.

27. No banners, streamers, or hanging objects will be allowed for the event. Nothing shall be attached to any natural or historic object or any National Park Service sign, bench, post, building, or facility.

28. Audio devices (radios, musical instruments, etc.) shall not be used in such a manner: (i) that exceeds a noise level of 60 decibels or (ii) that makes noise which is unreasonable, considering the nature and purpose of the permit, location, time of day, impact on park users, and other factors that would govern the conduct of a reasonably prudent person under circumvents. Sound amplification is not permitted. Vocal communication shall not exceed normal conversational volume.

29. Drones are prohibited by the Park.

30. Park visitor center, restrooms, and other buildings may not be used for ceremony preparations (dressing, picture-taking, rehearsals, waiting areas, etc.) or in the event of inclement weather.

31. Equipment such as tables, chairs, carpets, tents, floral displays, and generators cannot be used in the Park due to fragile ecosystems. A few portable chairs (provided by the permittee) under special circumstances, such as elderly or handicapped guests, are permitted but must be approved by the permitting official. Throwing and scattering of rice, birdseed, flower petals, or other materials is prohibited.

32. Parking is allowed in designated areas only. Unauthorized parking may be subject to violation notices. Carpooling/shuttling is strongly encouraged, and may be required, as parking space is limited, especially during peak times. Parking at sites are not reserved for the ceremony.

33. Leave No Trace (LNT) principles and practices shall be closely adhered to for all events/ceremonies that take place in non-developed and backcountry areas. For more information on LNT please visit:

34. Under the wedding special use permit, officiate and photographer hired by the permittee is included on the permit and is not required to obtain an additional permit for their services. If the officiate and photographer advertise that they offer services in the park and your booking is done through them, then they need an additional permit.

35. Please respect the Park’s resources and tread lightly. Avoid sensitive resource areas.

36. The photographer and participants will stay on established walkways in tundra areas to minimize impacts to the fragile tundra environment. Use of the Tundra Nature Trail is not authorized.

37. Make sure all trash and ceremony items are picked up and packed out at the end of the ceremony.

38. Normal entrance fees apply to all vehicles associated with the wedding. Electronic payments can be made on or you contact park staff for more information by emailing

ADDITIONAL COVID-19 REQUIREMENTS (Based on Larimer County Venue Guidance & Checklist)

Group Size
❏ Group size is maximum of 30 people, may be less based on size limits at each location.

❏ Group size could be reduced at any time based on COVID-19 case count trends in the local area.

❏ Participants/Guests should be arranged in such a way as to maintain at least 6 feet of distance in every direction between individuals or parties from different households.

❏ Avoid any close congregating or crowding before, during, or after the ceremony.

❏ Hand sanitizer should be made available at the event.

❏ The permit holder must maintain a list of those in attendance to aid in contact tracing, should it become necessary. The list should include contact information, phone/email, and address for those in attendance.

❏ Participants/guests are encouraged to wear face coverings to the greatest extent possible.

❏ Participants/guests are encouraged to avoid handshakes, kisses, and high-fives in order to maintain physical distancing.

❏ Officiants should move further back than the prescribed 6 feet of physical distance to maximize distance between them and attendees.

❏ Require guests to stay home if showing any symptoms or signs of sickness or if they have had contact with a known positive case.


Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Do we need a marriage license?
    Yes. Learn more.
  2. Can you obtain a permit on the weekend?
    No, there is no one to process the application on the weekends.
  3. Can you obtain a permit at the last minute?
    Ceremonies can be scheduled up to a year in advance and up to 7 days prior to the ceremony. A last minute request might be accommodated, but there are no guarantees.
  4. Do I need a separate permit for my photography or officiant?
    No, the photographer and officiant are covered under the wedding permit.
  5. Can I go to other places in the park to take pictures after my ceremony?
    Yes. Indicate this on the request on your application to be approved on your permit.
  6. Can I have my dog in the wedding ceremony?
    Dogs are only allowed at Moraine Park Discovery Center Amphitheatre. Indicate on your application if you would like your dog in the ceremony.
  7. Can I have an arch?
    Only at Moraine Park Discovery Center Amphitheater.
  8. Can I have a band at my wedding?
    Amplified music is not permitted. Music must at 60 decibels or less.
  9. Does the park provide an officiant?
  10. Does the park provide wedding packages?
  11. Do the wedding party and guests need to pay entrance fees?
  12. Can the wedding party use the park shuttles?
  13. Does the park provide private transportation?
    No. However, during summer months there are free park shuttles.
  14. Is there a different cost for different sites and group sizes?
    No. The same fee applies for all sites and ceremony sizes.
  15. Can I have a drone take pictures at my ceremony?
    No. Drones are prohibited in all national park service areas.
  16. Can we hold a reception at the park?
    Lily Lake Southside Picnic is the only site that can accommodate a picnic or simple food reception. Holding a simple reception at that location requires an additional special use permit.
  17. Can we have boutonnieres and bouquets?
    Yes, however items like flower petals, birdseed, rice, or similar material or items cannot be used, thrown, or scattered.

Last updated: January 18, 2023

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