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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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  • Secondary Trail Closure

    Effective 8/1/2014, following the 60-day recreational ORV closure, only the designated primary trails in the backcountry will be open to recreational ORV use and access. All secondary trails will remain closed on an interim basis for an additional 60-days More »

Commercial Use Authorization Application & Requirements

The Commercial Use Authorization authorizes out-of-park commercial services provided by commercial operators that originate and terminate their services outside of National Park Service boundaries. All advertisement, solicitation of business and acceptance of any form of compensation occurs outside NPS boundaries. Authorized services will have minimal impact on the Preserve's resources and values.

The following documents must be submitted to Special Use Permit Coordinator as part of the application package.

  1. Application
  2. Taxpayer Identification Number
  3. Include copies of business licensing
  4. Insurance coverage (declarations page and parts I & II)
  5. Permit fees ($100 non-refundable application fee payable to Big Cypress National Preserve)

Complete application packages can be sent to:

Big Cypress National Preserve
33100 Tamiami Trail East
Ochopee, FL 34141
Attention: Commercial Services Coordinator

Did You Know?

Bear in a tree.

Many do not expect to see bears in Florida. Actually, we have a healthy population within the state. Big Cypress is one of their ideal habitats in Southwest Florida. If camping in the area, be sure to keep your camp "bear proof."