Rocky Mountain National Park Permit rules

4 min read Mar 27, 2024

What you need to know

  • Rocky Mountain National Park does require a representative of Simply Eloped to be on site for your ceremony as part of our permit requirements. This can be your officiant or photographer, but if you book us for just hair & makeup you will need to add on an onsite helper to be on-site at your location.
  • Clients of the Permittee are not admitted free entrance to the park. The clients’ options are to buy an entrance pass – pay when they enter; have a Current Entrance Receipt; have a current pass.
  • Please stay on designated trails.
  • Make sure all trash and ceremony items are picked up and packed out with you.
  • Ceremony sites in Rocky Mountain National Park are located in areas that are open to the public. All locations are outdoors and rustic in nature without protection from the weather.
  • The permit does not give exclusive use of the area. All sites remain open to the public.
  • Ceremony site use is on a first-come, first-served basis based on the date applications are received by our office.
  • Equipment such as tables, chairs, carpets, tents, floral displays, and generators cannot be used in the park. Throwing and scattering of rice, birdseed, flower petals, confetti, or other materials is prohibited. Two or three portable chairs are allowed (provided by the permittee) for the elderly or individuals that cannot stand.


Also important

  • Please respect the Park’s resources and tread lightly. Avoid sensitive resource areas.
  • Any special instructions received from the official or ranger in charge of the park area will be complied with.
  • Ceremonies can only be conducted in designated sites. Permittee must adhere to all site restrictions such as group size, vehicle numbers, etc. Weddings are prohibited at Bear Lake area from Friday before Memorial Day to Columbus Day weekend, and on weekends from Columbus Day through Memorial Day due to heavy visitation. Other designated sites also have restrictions Friday before Memorial Day to Columbus Day weekend.
  • The designated areas shall remain open to park visitors. Other park visitors shall not be requested to move themselves, their vehicles, or alter their selected activities by the permittee. Further, all pathways and trails in the ceremony area must remain clear for visitors to freely walk the path unimpeded. Do not block trails. Other visitor services and park programs shall not be unreasonably interfered with.
  • Normal entrance fees apply to all vehicles associated with the wedding.
  • Parking is allowed in designated areas only. Unauthorized parking may be subject to violation notices. Carpooling/shuttling is strongly encouraged, and may be required, as parking space is limited.
  • Park visitor center, restrooms, and other buildings may not be used for ceremony preparations (dressing, picture-taking, rehearsals, waiting areas, etc.) or in the event of inclement weather.
  • No banners, streamers, or hanging objects will be allowed for the event. Nothing shall be attached to any natural or historic object or any National Park Service sign, bench, post, building, or facility.
  • Audio devices (radios, musical instruments, etc.) shall not be used in such a manner: (i) that exceeds a noise level of 60 decibels or (ii) that makes noise which is unreasonable, considering the nature and purpose of the permit, location, time of day, impact on park users, and other factors that would govern the conduct of a reasonably prudent person under circumstances.
  • Do not disrupt the atmosphere of peace and tranquility in the park.
  • Sound amplification is not permitted. Vocal communication shall not exceed normal conversational volume.
  • Unmanned aircraft are prohibited from launching, landing or being operated from inside the Park.
  • The photographer and participants will stay on established walkways in tundra areas to minimize impacts to the fragile tundra environment. Use of the Tundra Nature Trail is not authorized.
  • Photo sessions will be conducted with the least possible impact to wildlife. Photographers, couples, guests and other vendors will not be permitted to employ techniques of calling, baiting, flushing or any other means of artificially attracting wildlife. No harassment of wildlife will be permitted. Flash photography of wildlife is not permitted.
  • Utmost care will be exercised to see that no natural features are injured.
  • Do not interfere with park programs, activities, and visitors.
  • Do not interfere with the operations of public facilities or the services of NPS concessioners or contractors.
  • Maintain a safe and healthy environment for other park visitors.
  • All natural and cultural resources are protected by law; utmost care will be exercised to see that no natural, historic, or cultural features are injured and that area be cleaned up and restored to its prior condition.
  • Pets are prohibited on all Rocky Mountain National Park trails, tundra, and meadows.
  • Alcohol is permitted. Please drink responsibly. Don’t drink and drive.
  • COVID-19 Mask Requirement: Consistent with CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) guidance, all visitors to Rocky Mountain National Park, regardless of vaccination status or community transmission levels in surrounding counties, are required to wear a mask inside all park buildings and in crowded outdoor spaces.


Written by Janessa White

Janessa White is the co-founder of Simply Eloped and has helped thousands of couples plan elopements. As an expert in the field, she has been featured on Martha Stewart,, Vox, and HuffPost. Janessa thinks elopements are the ultimate way to tie the knot.