The Special Use Permit (SUP) is a valuable tool used by parks to manage non-routine activities in parks to protect park resources and values and minimize impacts to visitors and park operations.
Certain activities at Capitol Reef National Park require that you obtain a Special Use Permit (SUP) prior to your visit. These include many types of organized gatherings, distribution of printed material and other public expressions of opinion, and other activities that are controlled. See the following definitions and examples to determine if your use might be included.
Simple requests can often be processed in two weeks. Requests that involve multiple locations, complex logistics, or coordination with other NPS divisions or visitor activities will typically require a minimum of four weeks to process.
It is the policy of the National Park Service (NPS) to allow special uses that are not in conflict with law or policy; will not result in derogation of the values and purposes for which the park was established; do not present a threat to public safety or property and do not unduly interfere with normal park operations, resource protection, or visitor use.
The park has the authority and responsibility to evaluate applicant requests, permit, manage, and/or deny all special uses within the park. Therefore, before any permit will be granted, consideration will be given to potential park resource impacts, as well as impacts to visitor use, access to park sites, or park administration. There are cost recovery fees associated with the administration and management of special use permits for costs incurred by the park. Special park use guidelines state that "it is the policy of the NPS to charge permit fees for special uses. Permit fees should reflect the fair market value of a benefit provided the permittee. The fair market value of a special use is the value of the lands or facilities used and the NPS cost incurred in managing, facilitating, or supporting the use."
A special park use is defined as a short-term activity that takes place in a park area, and that:
What is "Special Use"?
Examples of activities that require a permit at Capitol Reef National Park include, but are not limited to:
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Last updated: December 29, 2023