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 and are limited due to COVID-19 restrictions. Please review various site capacities.
Insurance is required if the picnic is at a mountain park site and has more than 100 people in attendance.
Picnic permit requests for the 2020 season will resume beginning at 8:00 am online ONLY on Monday, July 13. The first available permit date is Friday, July 17.
Please note that permit holders must agree to and follow the COVID-19 special requirements as a condition of the permit.
State and City Orders can affect the status of park and event facility permits. Affected permit holders will be contacted as soon as possible should that occur.
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:
To ensure you are reserving a site that meets your group's needs, review picnic site inventory and maps.
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.
Reservation requirements as follows:
Email PR_OnlineServiceCenter@denvergov.org for further support after reviewing these instructions.
Denver’s Mountain Parks are outside of City limits. Please review the notes below which are applicable to Mountain Park Picnic Site Permits.
A picnic site inventory list which includes mountain park locations can be found at denvergov.org/picnics.
For assistance, call 311 (720.913.1311).
Fire Bans and Restrictions
FIRE RESTRICTIONS are in effect. No open fires or charcoal grills are permitted. ONLY GAS GRILLS PERMITTED.
Additional Stage 1 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.
The following information applies to all Mountain Park Picnic Site Permits:
Please review the special notes for the following Mountain Park Sites:
Genesee Park, Lookout Mountain Park, and O’Fallon Park picnic sites will not be available for permitting on May 25 (Memorial Day), July 4, and September 7 (Labor Day)
Newton Park (Commissioners, Juvenile, Stromberg)
***these picnic sites will not open until May 10
Red Rocks Park
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:
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