Permits are required to reserve park picnic sites for exclusive use. Picnic site reservations for 2023 will open on Wed. February 8, 2023 at 8:00 a.m. online only.

Picnic Season:

  • Urban Park Picnic Season: April 15 - October 15
  • Mountain Park Picnic Season: May 1 - September 30

Use of a picnic site outside of picnic season must follow casual park use guidelines:

  • Maximum of 25 attendees in your group
  • Do not interfere with any permits in progress or other casual park users
  • No infrastructure (canopies, tables, chairs, sound systems, decorations, food trucks, etc.) Camp style chairs are allowed
  • No commercial activity, marketing, sales, advertising, etc.
  • No selling or serving alcohol (consumption by person/household only) Beer, wine and champagne only; no kegs or glass
  • Follow all other park use rules

Picnic Site Information:

Request a Picnic Permit

Step 1.1.) Review Site Information

Step 2.2.) Submit Reservation Request

Step 3.3.) Wait for Notification

After your reservation request has been submitted and payment made, an email notification will be sent to you, indicating your request is either:

  • Approved: Please have your permit available to you at all times during your picnic and review park rules and regulations (available on your permit). Permit cancelations or change requests can be made by contacting the Parks Permit Office. Please reference your permit number (ex: R12345) when calling or emailing.
  • Denied/Canceled: Please contact the Parks Permit Office to be refunded

Advance Reservation Requirements

Urban Parks

All urban park picnic sites require reservations to be made at least 24 hours in advance, with the EXCEPTION of Ruby Hill picnic sites 2, 3 and 4 which must be reserved at least 72 hours in advance. 

Mountain Parks

Reservation requirements as follows:

  • 24 hours: Corwina, Morrison, O’Fallon and Red Rocks Parks
  • 48 hours: Bergen, Dedisse, Fillius, Lookout Mountain Parks
  • 72 hours: Daniels, Echo Lake, Genesee, Newton Parks

Questions & Technical Support

Please be sure to read and follow the instructions on how to reserve a picnic site online(PDF, 1MB). Email park.permits@denvergov.org with further questions. 

2023 Reservations

2023 picnic reservations will open Wednesday, February 8 at 8:00 a.m. Picnic site reservations can be made online. 

The 2023 Picnic Site Inventory List will be posted in early February.

Other Picnic Information

General Permit Information

Urban park picnic sites:

  • Dates available: April 15 – October 15
  • Daily hours available: 5:00am – 11:00pm

Mountain park picnic sites:

  • Dates available: May 1 – September 30
  • Daily hours available: 9:00am – 8:00pm

Important notes:

  • Only one (1) permit is booked per picnic site, per day
    (with the exception of some sites in Washington Park which have two blocks of time available to permit)
  • Insurance is required for mountain park picnics with more than 100 attendees
    (more details will be provided if applicable)
  • Picnic sites are for private, by-invitation gatherings only
    Public events such as runs/walks, festivals, fundraising, promotional activities, concerts and other community events are strictly prohibited
    Find more information about public events or inquire with staff to be directed to the correct permit application
  • If you are in need of an athletic field for sports play/activities in addition to a picnic site, please contact the Parks Permit Office
  • Restroom access is not guaranteed; please do not contact the Parks Permit Office to inquire about status
    Maintenance requests can be submitted at denvergov.org/pocketgov or by calling 311 City Services (720-913-1311)
  • Failure to obtain the appropriate permit, or not remaining within the picnic site boundaries, can result in revocation of the permit and/or a fine

Mountain Park Permit Information

Denver’s mountain parks are outside of Denver's city limits. Please review the notes below which are applicable to all picnic permits in Denver Mountain Parks:

Mountain Park Picnic Season:

May 1 – September 30; daily from 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Holiday Closures:

Corwina Park, Genesee Park, Lookout Mountain Park, and O’Fallon Park are unavailable for permitting on Memorial Day, July 4, and Labor Day.

Fire Bans and Restrictions: 

 FIRE RESTRICTIONS are in effect. No open fires or charcoal grills are allowed. ONLY GAS GRILLS ARE ALLOWED. Additional fire restrictions (if enacted) would restrict all open flames and use of gas grills. For current fire bans and restrictions in place, visit denvergov.org/mountainparks.

  • No fires or charcoal grills are allowed
  • No fires are allowed in shelter fireplaces
  • No ground fires are allowed
  • Only gas grills with an on/off switch or shut off are allowed. Gas grills must be placed so that they are at least twelve (12) inches off the ground and not on picnic tables or benches


Parking is limited at many picnic sites and is only allowed in designated areas. Please ensure there is sufficient parking at your picnic site for your group size. Surrounding meadows cannot be used as overflow parking.


Affixing decor or other items to trees or structures is prohibited.

Picnic Site Access

Entry gates will be opened or lock combinations provided. Call Mountain Park Staff for information: 720-865-0900.

Download the full Mountain Parks Picnic Site Information sheet.(PDF, 85KB)

For additional questions about picnic sites in Denver Mountain Parks, please call 720-865-0900. 

Cancelation Policy

Permit change requests can be made by contacting the Parks Permit Office. Please reference your permit number (ex: R12345) when calling or emailing.

Permit holders may cancel due to COVID-19 at any time for a full refund.

Contact the Parks Permit Office by phone: 720-913-0700 (press 6 to leave a message) or email: Park.Permits@denvergov.org.

COVID-19 Information

  • Permit holders may cancel due to COVID-19 at any time for a full refund
  • Permit holders may reschedule due to COVID-19 at any time
    Cancelations or change reschedule requests can be made by contacting the Parks Permit Office; please reference your permit number (ex: R12345) when calling or emailing
  • Permit holders will be contacted as soon as possible if State or City Orders affect the status of park and facility permits


Picnic Permit Checklist

Do Don't
 Use grills 12 inches off the ground Food trucks prohibited
 Use small bluetooth speaker No bands or large sound systems
Have attendees bring their own beer, wine or champagne Alcohol sale or service prohibited; no glass or kegs
 Use up to two 10' x 10' pop-up tents No event infrastructure allowed
 Follow all park rules Inflatables strictly prohibited
 Stay within picnic site boundary Don't exceed your picnic site's capacity