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    Saguaro

    National Park Arizona

Commercial Use Authorization

NOTE: Fees for Backpacking, Day Hiking, Horse Rides, Bicycle Tours and Commercial Tours CUA cost will be $275 for permits beginning January 1, annually.
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.

A Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) is a permit that authorizes suitable commercial services for park visitors within Saguaro 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. Saguaro National Park authorizes a variety of commercial services.

Information on the CUA requirements can be downloaded below as PDF files:


CUA Application

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:

  • A Certificate of Insurance that meets both General and Automobile Liability Insurance requirements.
  • Payment for the $275 permit administration fee must be enclosed with the application. The permit fee is based on an annual cost recovery analysis. All fees go to the processing and management of each permit. Payment can be made by either check or credit card (which is the preferred method). Credit card information must include the name on the card, card number, expiration date, security code, and billing address that is associated with the card.

Mail completed packets to:

Saguaro National Park
Attn: Paul Austin
3693 S Old Spanish Trail
Tucson, AZ 85740

Faxed applications will be accepted but mail is preferred.
Fax application packets to 520-733-5195.

For questions regarding CUAs please contact Chief Ranger, Paul Austin
at 520-733-5111 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Mountain Standard Time,
Monday through Friday, excluding Federal holidays or contact us by email.


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 our backcountry Wilderness Brochure. Backcountry permit request are located on the last page of the brochure.




Entrance Fees
for Commercial Vehicles

Saguaro National Park Commercial Tour Fee

Based on vehicle capacity (not the actual occupancy) for all tour groups and bus companies. Taxis are classified as commercial tours as they do not have regularly scheduled service.

Vehicles with capacity of 1-6: will be charged a Flat Fee of $25.00. Holders of Golden Eagle, Golden Age, Golden Access, Saguaro Park Passes, America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Passes, and those ages 15 and under will be exempt from payment of fees.

Vehicles with capacity of 7-25: will be charged a Flat Fee of $40.00. No Golden Eagle, Golden Age, Golden Access, Saguaro Park Passes, or America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Passes, will be accepted and no exemptions for age.

Vehicles with capacity of 26+: will be charged a Flat Fee of $100.00. No Golden Eagle, Golden Age, Golden Access, Saguaro Park Passes, or America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Passes, will be accepted and no exemptions for age.

No per person fees are charged as long as passengers are traveling with the original commercial vehicle. Tour passengers who re-enter the park by other means are subject to per person fees. Entrance Fees are NOT refundable and/or transferable. The permit is valid for up to 7 days for the same tour group only. A Commercial Use Authorization is required for any commercial tour company, regional shuttle service company, or local transit company that enters the park.


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