Commercial Use Authorization

The Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) permit program authorizes businesses to provide certain commercial services not typically provided by the concessioners within the boundaries of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Commercial Use Authorizations are two-year permits granted through the Business Management Office. Specific requirements for certifications and insurance must be met and maintained for the duration of the CUA permit.

At Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, the following CUA permits available are (click titles for detailed lists):

Guided Services
Guided Fishing on the Colorado River
Guided Fishing on Lake Powell
Guided Hiking Service
Guided Hiking Service w/ Canyoneering
Guided Hiking Service w/ Packstock
Guided Hunting Service
Guided Kayak/Canoe Service
Guided Land Tour Service
Standup Paddleboard Instruction
Waterski/Wakeboard Instruction

Vessel Services
Vessel Caretaking Service
Vessel Launch and Retrieval Service
Vessel Minor Repair Service

The first step in obtaining a CUA is the submission of a CUA application request form (pdf file). For more information, please contact the Commercial Use Authorizations Coordinator at 928-608-6325.


Program Changes:

There have been some program changes to the Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) Application process. There is now an "Open Season" for applying for a CUA. You will only be able to submit a CUA Application Request form between December 1st and March 31st. Application requests will not be processed after March 31st. Any requests received between April 1st and November 30th, will be held until the next "Open Season."


Beginning in calendar year 2016, Photography Instruction Workshops will no longer be issued/granted through a Special Use Permit. All Photography Instruction Workshops will require the instructor/ business owner to obtain a Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) Permit to provide this type of service/ instruction within Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Please contact the CUA Permits Coordinator for further details.

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