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PICNIC PERMITS


Denver park picnic sites are ideal for family occasions, corporate picnics, or community gatherings. Permits are required to reserve a site for exclusive use. 

Site capacities vary from 25 to 150 people for picnic sites and shelters in urban park locations and 25-300 people for the Denver Mountain Park picnic sites and shelters.

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.
 
2019 picnic permit requests are accepted beginning Wednesday, Feb. 13:
 

Picnic Site Reservations & Permits

Mountain Park Picnic Sites
Dates available: May 1 – September 30
Daily hours available: 9:00am - 8:00pm
View special notes on mountain park picnic permits below.

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

Important permit notes:

  • 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 provide more details if applicable
  • Picnic sites are for private, invitation-only use only
  • Picnic site 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. The inventory list includes: 

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

View picnic reservation instructions while submitting an online reservation request.

To ensure you are reserving a site that meets your group's needs, review picnic site inventory and maps.

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 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 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.

In-person reservations
Parks Permit Office
Room 1.G.1
Denver, CO 80202

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


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 sites 2, 3, and 4, which must be reserved at least 72 hours in advance. 

Mountain Parks
Reservations required 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

Mountain park picnic season: May 1 - September 30

Mountain park site descriptions can be found in the citywide picnic site inventory document. For assistance & city services, call 311 (720-913-1311).

General permit information for mountain park sites:

  • All permits grant use of site from 9am to 8pm
  • Primitive pit toilets or portable toilets provided at each location
  • Gas grills with on/off switches ONLY- no fires or use of wood/charcoal allowed at any mountain park site
  • Parking is limited at many sites - please review inventory list to make sure parking at your site is sufficient for the group size
  • Surrounding meadows are not maintained as playing fields or parking areas
  • Water and electricity are not available at most sites unless specifically noted


Denver's mountain parks are outside city limits, putting special requirements on picnic permits:

Fire Bans & Restrictions

Fire restrictions are in effect, banning open fires and charcoal grills. ONLY gas grills are allowed. If additional stage 1 fire restrictions are implemented, all open flames and gas grills may be restricted. Visit denvergov.org/MountainParks for current conditions and restrictions. 

  • No fires or charcoal grills
  • No fires in shelter fireplaces
  • No ground fires
  • Gas grills with an on/off switch or shut-off button ONLY

Park-Specific Requirements:

Newton Park (Commissioners, Juvenile, Stromberg):

  • Entry gates will be opened or combination to locks provided: call Mountain Parks Staff at 720-865-0900 for combination   
    • Please lock gates upon leaving the facilities
  • Surrounding meadows are not maintained as playing fields and may not be used for parking
  • Existing fire pits may only be used for gas fireplaces-- all gas fires must have an on/off switch or shut-off

O’Fallon Park 

  • Picnic site reservations are not available weekends
  • Parking is only allowed in designated areas, which is limited-- do not double-park

Red Rocks Park

  • Concert days: picnic shelter must be vacated by 4pm to accommodate event traffic
  • Limited parking is available near the shelter, with additional parking in the lots below
  • Everyone in your group must stay in the designated permit site or on designated hiking trails: off-trail use is prohibited
  • Climbing on rock formations is prohibited

View online reservation request instructions (PDF)

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