To apply for a permission letter, submit an application.
For a scattering of cremated remains permission letter, download the application [50 kb PDF] and email it to us.
For questions, contact our Office of Special Park Uses via email or phone 209/379-1434.
Requests cannot be processed until we receive your original application and any required payments.
The National Park Service normally grants permission to those wishing to scatter cremated remains within the borders of Yosemite National Park.
To receive permission, complete the application [50 kb PDF]. The application may include your relationship to the deceased (e.g., sister, mother, husband, father, etc.), which you may add in the "proposed activity" field. Application processing may take up to three weeks.
With a letter of authorization, you may scatter cremated remains with the following conditions:
Yosemite National Park is under federal jurisdiction and is, therefore, sovereign in its lands and not subject to the limitations regarding land use by the State of California. Permission by the National Park Service to scatter cremated remains assumes that necessary permission from the state has been secured for the disposition of cremated remains.
For more information, contact the Office of Special Park Uses at 209/379-1434 or by email.
Last updated: June 5, 2023