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Denver park picnic sites are ideal for family occasions, corporate picnics, or any other invitation-only function.

Site capacities vary from 25 to 150 people for picnic sites and shelters in the City; 25-300 people for the Denver Mountain Parks picnic sites and shelters; however, all groups over 25 people are required to have a permit or to reserve the site for the permit holder’s exclusive use. Insurance is required if the picnic is at a mountain park site and has more than 100 people in attendance.   

Please review various site capacities and fees.

Picnic Site Reservations & Permits

Mountain Park Picnic Sites
Dates available: May 1 – September 30
Daily hours available: 9:00am - 8:00pm

Urban Park Picnic Sites
Dates available: April 1 – October 31
Daily hours available: 5:00am - 11:00pm

Important to note:

  • Only one (1) permit is booked per picnic site, per day.
  • Insurance is required for mountain park picnic site reservations with more than 100 attendees. Permitting staff will inform more details of this requirement if applicable to your reservation.

Please review picnic site inventory
 before submitting a reservation request. 

This inventory listing includes:

  • All available urban and mountain picnic sites
  • Sheltered vs. non-sheltered (standard) details
  • Fees
  • Capacity
  • Grill availability
  • Power/electricity availability
  • Restroom availability

DPR is accepting online reservation requests starting:
Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 6:00am

  • View picnic reservation instructions for submitting an online reservation request
  • Start your online reservation request now
  • Please Note: Same-day reservation requests can only be made in-person (location listed below) and payment must be made at the time of request
  • Online requests must be made a minimum of 72 Business Hours (Mon-Fri: 8am-4pm) in advance of your requested reservation date
  • Saturday and Sunday requests are processed until 3:30pm on Fridays

**Please follow the picnic reservation instructions to make your reservation request via Denver Parks & Recreation's Online Service Center.

Reservation requests for the 2015 season will be taken starting:
Wednesday, February 11, at 8:00am

In-person reservations:
Parks Permit Office
201 W. Colfax Ave.,  Room 1.G.1
Denver, CO 80202

Office hours: 
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 4:00pm 
*closed on major holidays

Please Note: Same-day reservation requests can only be made in-person and payment must be made at the time of request.
Saturday and Sunday requests are processed until 3:30pm on Fridays

What happens after your reservation request has been submitted?

  • For requests submitted between February 11 - 27, 2015:
    You will be contacted by DPR permitting staff no later than Monday, March 2. Please allow this processing time.

  • For requests submitted anytime after March 2, 2015:
    You will be contacted by DPR permittng staff within 24 business hours (Mon-Fri; 8am-4pm) of making your request. 

An email notification will be sent to you, indicating your request is either:

  • Approved - Please print your permit and keep it on your person at all times during your picnic. Please review park rules and regulations which you will also receive with your final permit. Permit change requests can be made by contacting the Parks Permit Office at (720) 913-0700 or  
    Please reference your permit number when calling or emailing. Also, note that a $10 processing fee will be assessed to the permit if changes are needed.

  • Denied/Cancelled - You have most likely asked for a date outside of the current season, asked for a date not within the 72 business hour processing requirement, or you have indicated you wish to use the picnic site for a purpose which is not allowed through this process (such as a public event).

Should you need additional assistance, please contact:
Parks Permit Office
(720) 913-0700

Contact Us

For information:

Parks Permit Office
201 W. Colfax Ave
Room 1.G.1 (1st floor)
Denver, CO 80202

Office Hours: M-F 8am - 4pm
Phone: (720) 913-0700
Fax: (720) 913-0778