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Picnics

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.

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
  • Picnic sites are for private, invitation-only use. Sites can only be permitted for a public event by submitting a park permit application
  • Picnic site area maps are provided. Please ensure your picnic's activities are within these boundaries.
  • Failure to obtain the appropriate permit or not remaining within the site boundaries can result in revocation of the permit and/or a fine


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. 10 at 6:00am

Advance Reservation Requirements
All urban park picnic sites require reservations to be made at least 24 hours in advance.

Mountain Park picnic sites require reservations in advance 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 follow the picnic reservation instructions to make your reservation request via Denver Parks & Recreation's Online Service Center. Email PR_OnlineServiceCenter@denvergov.org for further support after reviewing these instructions.

Reservation requests for the 2016 season will be taken starting: Wednesday, February 10 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 city holidays

Advance Reservation Requirements
All urban park picnic sites require reservations to be made at least 24 hours in advance.

Mountain Park picnic sites require reservations in advance 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

After your reservation request has been submitted and payment information has been entered, 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 park.permits@denvergov.org.  
    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 - Please contact the Parks Permit Office at 720.913.0700 or park.permits@denvergov.org to be refunded.

 
Contact Us

For information:
park.permits@denvergov.org



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  
park.permits@denvergov.org