Approximately 50 companies provide a wide variety of commercial services in Big Bend National Park and Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River. These services are limited to those companies having specific authorization, usually in the form of a Concessions Contract or Commercial Use Authorization (CUA).
Commercial Use Authorizations (CUA), are a permit issued by the park Superintendent to allow certain commercial activities within the park. Permits are required of all operators who provide any goods, activities, agreements or other services to the general public that:
Federal regulations prohibit engaging in or soliciting any business in the park areas, except in accordance with the provisions of a written agreement with the United States. Commercial aspects, such as advertising, negotiation of compensation, and receipt of money/compensation must occur outside of the park. Year-round permits coincide with our fiscal year, starting October 1 and ending September 30 of the following year. Permits may also be issued for one-time use.
How Do I Apply For A CUA?
Application Instructions - please read the application instructions and attachments A & B before applying for a CUA. Applications should be emailed to the CUA Coordinator. All items listed for your activity, including the application, insurance, and COVID Mitigation Plan must be included in your application packet to qualify for a CUA.
Please allow 4-6 weeks for processing
Application Fee is $300 annually. Permits will not be renewed from previous years; every commercial operator will need to submit an application for a permit for each fiscal year they operate.
This will be included as part of the annual report and a check for the appropriate amount should accompany the annual report.
For more information on market based fees, please see https://www.nps.gov/aboutus/commercial-use-authorizations.htm.
Last updated: April 27, 2021