Permits & Reservations
Whether you are planning a field trip for a school or a wedding, Scotts Bluff National Monument has much to offer. In order to provide the best experience possible it is necessary for you or your organization to complete an application for special use of the park. Schools may request a ranger talk, a living history program along with traveling to the top of the bluff by vehicle or foot. Scroll to the bottom of the page for Academic Fee Waivers. Scotts Bluff National Monument offers a number of locations for weddings, commitment ceremonies, charity races, concerts, and other events.
The Special Use Permit
The permit system is intended to help assure, to the extent possible, that the activities that may be taking place on any given day will not conflict with each other or with general visitor activities.
Please note that all applications, unless determined to be a First Amendment activity, must be accompanied by a payment for initial processing. The application processing cost for special use applications is $50. These activities require some degree of management from the National Park Service if there is the potential for interference with visitor use, congestion of a highly visited area, or possible impact on park resources.
Payment of application cost may be in the form of check, money order or credit card.
A special use permit is required for activities that provide a benefit to an individual, group, or organization rather than the public at large and that require some degree of management from the National Park Service to protect park resources and the public interest. Some examples of special events that require permits are:
First Amendment Activities
Freedom of speech, press, religion, and assembly are constitutional rights. However, the courts have recognized that activities associated with the exercise of these rights may be reasonably regulated to protect park resources. Some examples of special events that require permits are:
Scotts Bluff National Monument offers a number of locations that can be used for a wedding or commitment ceremony such as the park amphitheater or one of the scenic overlooks.
Wedding permits include specific conditions that protect the park’s resources. Please read carefully to determine whether your ceremony will be possible at Scotts Bluff National Monument. We have worked to address the key points required for arranging a ceremony in the park. You will be required to read and sign the permit. Please read the Wedding Conditions to see if your ceremony plans meet these conditions.
Normal entrance fees apply to all vehicles associated with the ceremony. Carpooling is strongly encouraged as parking space is limited.
Special Use Permit Application
If you believe Scotts Bluff National Monument would be a good place for your special event please complete the following form and submit it by mail or in person at the park visitor center. When submitting your special use application include the $50 processing fee . If you have any questions that have not been answered on this page, please call the park at 308-436-9700 or contact us by e-mail.
Entrance fee waivers are available to academic institutions when the main purpose of their visit is educational rather than recreational. Read the Academic Fee Waiver Guidelines to fully understand the process. Fill out the Academic Fee Waiver Request and send it by mail, email or fax at least one week ahead of your visit. The rangers will review the application and notify you whether or not it is granted. Be sure to make a group reservation as well.
Last updated: November 20, 2015