To conduct a wedding, vow exchange, or other similar ceremony within Rocky Mountain National Park, you must have a special use permit. Read on to learn about the application process.
Applying for a Wedding Permit
If you choose to conduct a ceremony without a permit, you could be fined and/or removed from the area. That is NOT how you want to remember your wedding!
Application Time Frame
RMNP accepts applications the year in advance of desired wedding month. Review of applications begins the first of the month, and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
For example: Beginning on August 1, 2024, Rocky Mountain National Park will start accepting applications for all days in August of 2025, etc. Weddings or other ceremonies may be scheduled no later than seven days prior to your event.
It is recommended to apply for a wedding permit far in advance to have a greater likelihood of reserving the date and ceremony site you want. A last-minute request might be accommodated depending on site availability, but there are no guarantees. Please note that there is no one in the office to process the application on the weekends.
There is a $300 special use permit fee; however this is not payable until AFTER your application has been approved. Please do not send a check or other form of payment in with your application. The fee amount is the same for every site and ceremony size; it will not be reduced if you have a smaller party size.
Please note that the wedding party and guests will need to pay regular entrance fees, as normal entrance pass rules apply to wedding parties. During the peak summer months, the wedding party will need to purchase timed entry reservations for access to the wedding sites.
The photographer and officiant are covered under the wedding permit and do not require their own permit.
Submitting Your Application
- Download and fill out a Special Use Application.
- Email your special use application to the following address: email@example.com.
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, please review, sign, and return the permit via email for final approval. If your ceremony plans change, notify the office immediately.
-After the permit is finalized, you will be sent an authorized copy via email. The approved permit must be in your possession at the time of the ceremony.