Special Use Permits

Organized gatherings like weddings, church services, public assemblies, as well as the distribution of printed materials or other public expressions of opinion (i.e. First Amendment activities) require a special use permit. A special park use is defined as a short-term activity that takes place in a park area, and that:

  1. provides a benefit to an individual, group or organization rather than the public at large;
  2. requires written authorization and some degree of management control from the National Park Service (NPS) in order to protect park resources and the public interest;
  3. is not prohibited by law or regulation;
  4. is not initiated, sponsored, or conducted by the NPS; and is not managed under a concession contract, a recreation activity for which the NPS charges a fee, or a lease.

For more information regarding Special Use Permits or to determine if your activity requires one, please call 307-344-2115 or email the park with the subject line "Attn: Special Use Permits."

How to Apply


Download and complete the Special Use Permit Application Form (100kb PDF). Applications, along with a $75 non-refundable processing fee, must be received at least two weeks in advance of your event. Send your application to:

Visitor Services Office
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
yell_visitor_services@nps.gov

Mammoth Chapel


The historic Mammoth Chapel is available for private ceremonies and services. Please complete the Chapel Reservation Form and return it with $100 non-refundable reservation fee to:

Public Affairs
P. O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190

Marriage Licenses


Yellowstone falls within the states of Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. A Montana license is more practical if you're planning be married in the north part of the park near Mammoth Hot Springs. A Wyoming license is more practical if your cermony will occur in the interior of the park near Old Faithful, Canyon, Lake, or Grant Villages.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168

Phone:

(307) 344-7381
Recorded information. For road and weather information, please dial 307-344-2117.

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