NOTE: 2020 Changes to CUA Requirements and Fees for Road-based Commercial Tour Operators have been post-poned. 2020 Activity-based Tour application fees will remain at $250 until further notice. $20 per person Activity-based Tour fees are currently in effect.
What is a CUA?
A Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) is a business permit with the National Park Service. It authorizes you to conduct commercial activities and to provide specific visitor services within a national park. CUAs are granted for services that:
Additionally, CUAs must abide by the following four criteria:
Certain liability insurance and first aid requirements must be met before a permit can be issued. (See Attachments A and B of application for explanations of required documentation).
Authorized Services at Bryce Canyon National Park
How much does a CUA cost?
CUA applicants pay an annual $250 non-refundable CUA application fee for each submitted CUA application. CUAs cannot be purchased at the park; applications must be submitted in advance by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred) or mail to the Point of Contact below. The park recommends 14 days for processing time.
Do CUA holders have to pay an entrance fee?
Yes. Fees depend on the type of service you offer.
Pay a $20 per-person entrance fee upon entrance to the park; clients may use valid entrance fee receipts or annual and lifetime passes.
How to apply
Download and complete the 2020 CUA Application and Instructions.
How long does it take to get a CUA?
Please allow 14 days to process a CUA application.
What are the reporting requirements?
CUA holders must submit an annual report each year. This report is due at the end of season. This report provides the park with visitation statistics, reportable injury data, and a record of annual gross receipts.
Sample Acknowledgement of Risk Form
The CUA-holder is permitted to request or require a client to sign a form or statement acknowledging risk and/or indicating that certain prerequisite skills may be needed to participate in the commercial activity. You can download a sample.
Point of Contact
Kim Barton, Fee Supervisor
Last updated: February 14, 2020