Memorial Services and Scattering of Ashes

Memorial Services
A permit is required for memorial service. If your service is larger than 10 people and/or requires reserved space, the regular permit fee of $150.00 may be assessed to cover the costs associated with issuing a standard permit.

Colorado National Monument allows memorial services of more than 10 people in the following locations:

  • Book Cliffs View - groups of 25 or less
  • Book Cliffs Shelter - groups of 15 or less
  • Saddlehorn Amphitheater
  • Saddlehorn Picnic Area
  • Devils Kitchen Picnic Area

Application Forms and Further Information
All applications will be handled in the order they are received. Standard requests can be processed in 10 business days. You can apply for a Special Use Permit by completing this form and emailing it to Application fees, if applicable, can be paid over the phone with a credit card by calling 970-858-2823.

Rules And Regulations

  1. Please limit the number of vehicles in your party if possible. Consider carpooling or buses to transport your guests.
  2. All guest vehicles will be required to pay the entrance fee or show a valid pass. To coordinate payment in advance, call 970-858-2823.
  3. Special Use Permits issued for most facilities and areas will be limited to three hours.
  4. Activities may not interfere with normal visitor use of the park; therefore, areas will not be closed to public access during the event.
  5. Park personnel will not be available to offer special assistance for traffic, parking, or other logistical needs associated with your service.
  6. All participants must observe and comply with all park regulations, including those regarding the storage and handling of food and disposal of trash.
  7. Amplification of sound before, during, or after the ceremony and connection to park utilities is not permitted. Live music and small Bluetooth speakers are allowed.
  8. Animals are to be kept on a leash at all times and under physical control, and pets, other than service animals, are prohibited in the backcountry.
  9. Any event that interferes with the normal activities of visitors, such as the closing of trails, overlooks or public use facilities, will not be allowed.
  10. No disturbance of vegetation or other natural objects is allowed.
  11. Park regulations do not permit the throwing or scattering of rice, birdseed, flower petals or any similar material. In addition, the release of animals including birds, butterflies or other insects is prohibited. Leave the site as you found it, or better.
  12. Buildings or structures cannot be used for attachments (such as banners or flowers).
  13. If your event is catered, food must be purchased ahead of time and cannot be sold on-site due to commercial services regulations.

If you have questions about the permitting process, contact or call 970-858-3617 x331.

Scattering of Ashes
A permit is required to scatter ashes in the park. There is no charge for the permit if your group is limited to 10 people or fewer. The guidelines below need to be kept in mind when filling out the request:

  1. There are no designated sites for scattering of ashes, but the location you choose must be away from developed areas (parking lots, trailheads, campgrounds, picnic areas) and at least 200 feet (70 adult steps) from any water source such as a lake or stream.
  2. Discretion should be exercised in spreading ashes; doing so is generally a very private moment and care should be given not to disturb other park users.
  3. Ashes should be spread about and not buried or placed in a pile.
  4. No markers, cairns, displays, signs, or plaques may be placed in the park.

You can apply for a Special Use Permit by completing this form and emailing it to

Last updated: November 16, 2022

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