Commercial Use Authorizations (CUA)
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.
CUA Requirements (Updated October 2011)
Commercial Transportation/Tour Operators (76kb PDF File)
Commercial Bicycle Tour Operators (47kb PDF File)
Commercial Day Hiking Operators (52kb PDF File)
Commercial Overnight Backpacking Operators (53kb PDF File)
Commercial Equipment Rental & Delivery (38kb PDF File)
Commercial Use Authorization Conditions with March 2013 Updates
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 following information must be submitted in an application packet:
Mail the complete application packet to:
Faxed applications will be accepted but mail is preferred.
Additional Forms for Commercial Users
Entrance Station Form:
In addition to the CUA, commercial operators must submit a Commercial Tour Passenger Certification Form upon entry to the park. This is NOT the permit, however, it is required upon entering the park, and at the time the entrance fee is paid.
Please print out the form, fill in all the blanks that will remain static, and reproduce the form as many times as necessary for your planned trips to the park. Do not return this form with your application.
Commercial Tour Passenger Certification Form (20kb PDF File - Updated March, 2013)
Pre Authorized Debit Sign Up Form (PAD)
Companies that enter the park on a frequent basis, defined as four or more times per month averaged over twelve months, are required to sign up with the National Park Service for the Preauthorized Debit (PAD) Program and use exclusively the PAD program for the payment of entrance fees. The PAD payment system is a secure and efficient method of payment. Users will realize a faster transaction at the entrance station and drivers will be free from carrying cash, checks, or credit cards.
In order to sign up on PAD, complete the Pre Authorized Debit Sign Up Form and submit it to Grand Canyon National Park's Budget Office. You may fax the completed form to 928-638-7498, then place the original in the mail ATTN: Budget Technician, so that we will have an original signature for our files. For more information about the PAD program please contact the Budget Office at 928-638-7727
for Commercial Vehicles
Entrance fees for tour operators are based on vehicle's seating capacity as follows:
Learn more here
Backcountry Camping Permits
CUA Backcountry Permit Request Form (400kb PDF File)
Did You Know?
Within the Grand Canyon, the type and abundance of organisms is directly related to the presence or absence of water. The Colorado River and its tributaries, as well as springs, seeps, stock tanks and ephemeral pools provide oases to flora and fauna in this semi-arid southwest desert area.