Authorized Commercial Activities in Big Bend National Park

Permits are required of all operators who provide any and all 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.

Boat Livery/Tours/Charters
Canoe, raft, or kayak rentals/tours/charters with guide service or delivering/outfitting river equipment within Big Bend National Park / Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River boundaries.

Fishing Guide/Charters
Canoe, raft, or kayak tours/charters with guide specifically for fishing within Big Bend National Park / Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River boundaries.

Boat Repair and/or Salvage
Repair/salvage service of canoe, raft, kayak, etc within Big Bend National Park / Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River boundaries.

All Camping
Obtaining developed/frontcountry (individual or group) campsite(s) on behalf of clients within Big Bend National Park. PLEASE NOTE: Issuance of a CUA for this activity does not guarantee the Permittee the availability of campsites nor does it entitle the Permittee to supercede the general public in obtaining campsites.

Bike Rentals/Tours
Bike rental/tours, with or without guide service.

Backpacking
Backcountry camping with guide service or delivering/outfitting backcountry camping equipment within Big Bend National Park / Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River boundaries. PLEASE NOTE: Issuance of a CUA for this activity does not guarantee the Permittee the availability of campsites nor does it entitle the Permittee to supercede the general public in obtaining campsites.

Fishing
Fishing from land with guide service or delivering/outfitting fishing equipment within Big Bend National Park boundaries.

Hiking
Day hiking with guide service within Big Bend National Park boundaries.

Mountain Biking
Mountain biking with guide service or delivering/outfitting mountain biking equipment within Big Bend National Park boundaries.

Photography
Non-commercial photography trip/tour with guide service within Big Bend National Park / Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River boundaries. (Commercial Photography requires a Special Use Filming Permit. Contact the Chief of Interpretation's office at 432-477-1107 for more information.)

Rock Climbing
Rock climbing with guide service or delivering/outfitting climbing equipment within Big Bend National Park boundaries.

Art Classes; Astronomy;Bird Watching;Environmental Education;Outdoor Skills;Photo/Natural; Rescue/Survival Training;Wilderness Education/Therapy
Conducting described activities/classes with instructor/guide within Big Bend National Park / Rio Grande Scenic River boundaries.

Vehicle Tours
Road (paved or dirt) based tours with or without guide service within Big Bend National Park boundaries. Commercial bus tours should call 432-477-1121 for more information.

Shuttle Service
Provide transportation for visitors to and from Big Bend National Park independent of any other activities.

Visitor Transport
Provide transportation for clients as part of other activity/service within Big Bend National Park boundaries. This applies only if the vehicle used is owned or rented on behalf of the CUA holder. (Example: river outfitter that transports clients to and from the river as part of boat livery service.)

Last updated: February 24, 2015

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Mailing Address:

PO Box 129
Big Bend National Park, TX 79834-0129

Phone:

(432) 477-2251

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