Backcountry Permits are required for:
Special Use Permits
Grand Canyon National Park is home to many beautiful landscapes which make it a popular place for weddings and special events.
Filming/ Photography Permits
Generally filming permits are required and are issued for photography, filming, and associated sound recording when they involve props, models, professional crews, and casts or set dressings.
Scientific Research Permits
All studies in Grand Canyon National Park, large or small, must have their own Research & Collecting Permit which is obtained through a proposal and review process that requires approximately 90 days. More...
Commercial Use Authorizations (for Tour Operators)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: transportation/ motor tours, bicycle tours, guided hikes and overnight backpacking and equipment rental/ delivery.
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For River Concessioners
Commercial River Operating Plan (284 kb PDF File - Updated Jan. 2012)
Commercial River Operating Requirements (1.2 MB PDF File - Updated Jan. 2013)
Did You Know?
Mental attitude, adequate water and food consumption are absolutely essential to the success of any Grand Canyon hike. The day hiker and the overnight backpacker must be prepared for the lack of water, extreme heat and cold, and the isolation characteristic of the Grand Canyon. More...