Weddings & Other Ceremonies

Weddings, Renewal of Vows, and Other Ceremonies

 
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Thank you for your interest in conducting your ceremony within Rocky Mountain National Park. If you are looking for a simple, rustic, no frills ceremony in an outdoor setting, the park might be what you are looking for. If you are 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.

Rocky Mountain National Park is a resource protected area and a busy national park with high visitation. All ceremonies in the park are managed by and require a Special Use Permit. The Special Use Permit requires a non-refundable administrative fee of $200. After favorable review of your application, a Special Use Permit will be prepared and sent to you for signature. Upon receipt, please review, sign, and return the permit to our office for final approval. If your ceremony plans change, notify our office immediately. After the permit is approved we will send you an authorized copy. The approved permit must be in your possession at the time of the ceremony.

  • Weddings or ceremonies may be scheduled up to one year in advance and no later than 7 days prior to your event.
  • As parking spaces are limited in the park, carpooling or shuttling is strongly 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 park. Please read carefully to determine whether your ceremony will be possible in Rocky Mountain National Park. We have tried to address the key points required for arranging a ceremony in the park. You will be required to read and sign the permit. Download a printable ceremony permit application.
  • Ceremonies conducted in the national park require written approval from the Chief Ranger’s Office or Concessions Management Office. For information, send an email, call 970 586-1209, or write to:

    Concessions Management Office
    Rocky Mountain National Park
    Estes Park, CO 80517
 

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 and 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 of up to 20 people. The number of sites available to accommodate larger wedding parties (21 to 100) is limited due to high visitation and resource protection. 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. The maximum size for any ceremony is 100 people.

For sites not on the list please contact the Concession Office for further information.

Read detailed information about designated ceremony sites and site restrictions.

 

Regulations

Park visitor centers, restrooms, and other buildings shall not be used for wedding preparations such as dressing, picture-taking, rehearsals, and waiting areas. These facilities may not be used in the event of inclement weather. Equipment such as tables, chairs, carpets, tents, floral displays, signs, banners, flags, generators, and amplifiers are not authorized to be used in the park. Facilities for receptions and parties do not exist in the park. Throwing and scattering rice, birdseed, flower petals or other materials is prohibited. Normal entrance fees apply to all vehicles associated with the wedding. Advance payments can be arranged by contacting the Concessions Office at 970 586-1209.

 

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 within 100 feet of the road and must be on a leash. If your designated site is within 100 feet of the road or at Moraine Park Discovery Center Amphitheater, then your dog can be in your ceremony following park rules and regulations.
    • Dogs are not allowed at the following designated sites:
      • Sprague Lake
      • Lily Lake
      • Alluvial Fan
      • Bear Lake
      • Hidden Valley
    • 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?
    No.
  10. Does the park provide wedding packages?
    No.
  11. Do the wedding party and guests need to pay entrance fees?
    Yes.
  12. Can the wedding party use the park shuttles?
    Yes.
  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 $200 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.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1000 US Hwy 36
Estes Park, CO 80517

Phone:

(970) 586-1206
General park questions: (970) 586-1206. Recorded Trail Ridge Road status: (970)586-1222.

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