Doing Business With the Park
Federal regulations prohibit engaging in or soliciting any business in park areas, except in accordance with the provisions of a permit, contract, or other written agreement with the United States. As in other National Park Service areas, commercial visitor services or other commercial activities may be provided only by those holding an authorization from the United States.
In Glacier National Park, concessions contracts have been issued to provide certain visitor services. These services include transportation and tour services, food services, backpacking and day hiking guide services, boat tours and small boat rentals, horseback riding, lodging, and retail sales. No other businesses are currently authorized to provide these services in Glacier National Park.
Glacier National Park issues Commercial Use Authorizations for four types of visitor services: Guided Bicycle tours, Guided Cross Country Skiing or Snow Shoeing, instructional Photography, Birding or Art Workshops and East Side Visitor Shuttle Services. If you are interested in providing these services, please review the informational documents posted here: Commercial Use Authorizations, or contact the Concessions Office at (406) 888-7858 to request more information. Specific requirements must be met including insurance coverage, guide training, and payment of authorization fees. No authorizations for Guided Bicycle Tours or Instructional Photography, Birding or Art Workshops will be issued after July 1, and late fees may apply for permits issued between May 1 and July 1.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I guide a group of hikers in the park?
Can I drive a tour through the park?
Non-scheduled, infrequent commercial motor vehicle tours are, however, allowed to enter the park from the west to travel to Lake McDonald Lodge and from the east as far as the Rising Sun Motor Inn without written authorizations. These commercial tours are also allowed to travel to the Many Glacier and Two Medicine areas without additional authorization. Commercial tour entrance fees will be charged upon entry to Glacier National Park. No commercial transportation is available or authorized in the North Fork area on the inside North Fork Road.
Is what I’m planning defined as a “commercial activity”?
What about Non-Profits?
Please contact the Fee Program/Special Use Permit Office at either (406) 888-7825 or (406) 888-7832 for additional information.
Did You Know?
Lake McDonald is the largest lake in the park with a length of 10 miles and a depth of 472 feet. The glacier that carved the Lake McDonald valley is estimated to have been around 2,200 feet thick.