Commercial Use Authorizations (CUA)
NOTE: - Fees for Backpacking, Day Hiking, and Bicycle Tours CUAs are $350 during calendar year 2015.
Fees for Tuweep or Equipment Rental and Delivery CUAs are $275 during calendar year 2015.
The CUA fees are determined by a cost analysis in compliance with the 2005 Interim Guidelines for CUAs. This guidance authorizes the National Park Service to recover, at a minimum, associated management and administrative costs associated with CUAs.
NOTE (posted May 4, 2015)
Grand Canyon National Park is now accepting applications for Commercial Use Authorizations (CUA) in the Tuweep area through December 31, 2015. All CUA permits will expire at that time. Permits will be considered to the extent they do no have unacceptable impacts on park resource and values.
Permits issued during this time period are not guaranteed CUA permits in 2016. The park's Backcountry Management Plan is being revised and will provide guidance on managing Commercial Use in the Tuweep area. The NPS expects that the Environmental Impact Statement for the revised plan will be available for public comment in summer 2015.
A Commercial Use Authorization (CUA)
is a permit that authorizes suitable commercial services for park visitors within Grand Canyon National Park. The term of a CUA may not exceed 2 years and no preferential right of renewal or similar provisions for renewal may be provided. Grand Canyon National Park authorizes a variety of commercial services.
Information on the CUA requirements can be downloaded below as PDF files:
CUA Application Processing
Processing time for CUA permits can take four or more weeks depending on the time of year so please plan accordingly. All applications will be processed in the order in which they are received. Please submit all required documents in one application packet. Any incomplete applications will be placed on hold until all required documents are received. The information requested in the "Commercial Use Application Checklist," must be submitted in an application packet:
CUA Application Information
Commercial Use Application Checklist
(68.8kb PDF File - Revised December 2014)
Mail the complete application packet to:
Grand Canyon National Park
Attn: Concessions Office,
PO Box 129 (3 Camper Services)
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023
For questions regarding CUAs please contact The Concessions Management Office
at 928-638-7707 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Mountain Standard Time,
Monday through Friday, excluding Federal holidays or contact us by e-mail.
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Entrance fees for tour operators are based on vehicle's seating capacity as follows:
Commercial Van Tour
- 26+ seats -- $300; this fee is a flat rate per vehicle and not pro-rated for passengers who may be exempt from fees. No Golden Eagle, Golden Age, Golden Access and Grand Canyon Park Passes will be accepted and No exemptions for age.
- 1-25 seats -- $8 per person. All Golden Eagle, Golden Age, Golden Access and Grand Canyon Park Passes will be accepted and those age 16 and under will be exempt from payment of fees.
Learn more here
For questions about entrance fees please contact the Fee Management Office at 928-638-7604
Entrance Fees for Commercial Vehicles
Beginning October 1, 2015, the Pre-Authorized Debit (PAD) payment system and checks will no longer be accepted for park entrance fees at Grand Canyon National Park for Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) holders.
In an effort to streamline the process for managing entrance fees, the Park is phasing out the PAD payment system and the acceptance of checks. If you are currently using the Commercial Tour Passenger Certification Form (half sheet) for entry into the park, you will no longer be required to submit this form.
Cash, credit card and traveler’s check will be the only approved forms of payment for entrance fees starting October 1, 2015. Card-Not-Present transactions are not permitted, including payment over the phone. Any company arriving at the entrance station without one of the approved forms of payment for entry fees will be denied access to the park.
Backcountry Camping Permits
for Overnight Backpacking Operators
In addition to the CUA, Backpacking CUA holders are required to obtain all necessary backcountry camping permits from the Backcountry Information Center. Find more information about Backpacking Permits on the Backcountry Permits page.
CUA Backcountry Permit Request Form (400kb PDF File)