Open Space Permits

Gold Butte, Whitewater Rafting, Owl Creek Chase

Special Event and Commercial Permit Applications


A permit is required for special events and commercial uses that take place on Open Space and Trails properties, including filming and photo shoots, commercial boating/paddling and fishing operations. There is a $150 fee to process a permit application. Nonprofit organizations are exempt from the fee, but an event permit is still required. Nonprofits that charge a fee for guiding/instructing are defined as commercial users under Title 12 of the Pitkin County Land Use Code. Use restrictions that apply to commercial users will apply to nonprofits under this Title 12 provision, as well.

See below for permit/fee information specifically for Redstone Park and Elk Park.

Please note, organizers of special events and commercial activities on Open Space and Trails properties must provide a certificate of liability insurance naming Pitkin County as additionally insured. The required limits are $1,000,000 per occurrence and $2,000,000 general aggregate.

The management plans for some open space properties restrict or prohibit events and commercial uses. In addition, Title 12 regulates permitted uses on open space.

To Submit a Permit Application
Use this online form to submit an application for a commercial or event permit.

Application questions can be directed to Janet Urquhart at 970-920-5232 or John Armstrong at 970-920-5399

Senior Parking Pass - Hunter Creek Valley


A senior parking pass for the Hunter Creek Valley lot is available from Pitkin County Senior Services, 0275 Castle Creek Road. Office hours are Monday-Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Seniors must present a driver's license to obtain a pass.

Redstone Park and Elk Park


Special regulations apply to the use of Redstone Park and Elk Park for events.The Special Use Permit Application must be submitted for use of these parks.

Gold Butte


The Gold Butte Management Plan outlines the regulations for commercial and special use of this climbing area.