A special use permit (SUP) is required for activities that benefit an individual, group, or organization rather than the public at large.
Such activities include, but are not limited to:
Commercial Use Authorization permits are required of all operators who provide any goods, activities, agreements, or other services to the general public which take place, at least in part, in the park, uses park resources and are undertaken for or results in compensation, monetary gain, benefit or profit to an individual, organization or corporation. (This also applies to non-profit and educational groups, if taxable income is derived).
Starting September 15th, 2021, commercial road-based tour operators are authorized to operate on paved park roads with visits to facilities, services, vehicle pullouts, scenic waysides, developed areas. All entries are contingent on fulfilling Big Bend requirements prior to entry.
NPS units have the authority and responsibility to manage, permit and/or deny filming, photography and sound recordings in ways consistent with park management and mission.
Last updated: August 30, 2021