Commercial Use Authorizations

NOTE: Standard CUA Requirements and Fees for Road-based Commercial Tour Operators will go into effect on October 1, 2019. For more detailed information on the new requirements, please go to the National Park Service’s Commercial Use Authorization website and scroll down to “Road-based Commercial Tour CUA Information."

Here's how the new CUA Requirements and Fees will impact Bryce Canyon National Park, specifically:

Effective October 1, 2019, entrance fees for CUA tours to Bryce Canyon National Park (and most other large/busy parks) will increase from $15 per client to $20 per client (no charge for paid drivers/guides, and anyone under 16 years of age).

For Activity-based Tours [which include Commercial Interpretive Services (a.k.a. Guided Hiking/Walking), Bicycling, Motorcycling, Photography Workshops, and Recreational Shuttle, but not Road-based Tours], America the BeautifulTM Interagency Passes (annual/senior/military/access/volunteer) will be honored with valid ID. These passes waive entrance fees for the pass-holder and up to 3 additiional adults -- provided they are in the same vehicle.

For the 2020 CUA season (January 1 - December 31, 2020), the following changes will go into effect:

  • ALL commercial vehicles bringing tours into the park will be required to have a CUA (this includes Road-based Tours as well as Activity-based Tours).
  • The above-mentioned America the BeautifulTM Interagency Passes will not be honored for Road-based Tours, only Activity-based Tours.
  • The CUA application fee will increase from $250 to $300. This fee is good for a 1-year CUA.

Bryce Canyon National Park's Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) program authorizes the provision of suitable commercial services to park area visitors, as long as three conditions are met: the services (a) will have minimal impact on the park area's resources and values; (b) are consistent with the purposes for which the park area was established; and (c) are consistent with all applicable park management plans, policies and regulations.

The Superintendent grants CUAs to businesses that meet the following four criteria: (1) there are no fixed commercial facilities within the national park area; (2) the commercial activity originates and terminates outside the park; (3) no money changes hands on park lands; and (4) no commercial solicitation occurs on park lands.

CUA permits are available for the following activities:

  • Bicycle Tours: This commercial service allows groups of bicyclists accompanied by a leader to ride through designated portions of Bryce Canyon National Park.
  • Commercial Interpretive Tours: This commercial service is defined as natural or cultural resource information provided by a designated leader to a specified group of people.
  • Motorcycle Tours: This commercial service allows groups of motorcycles accompanied by a leader to ride through designated portions of Bryce Canyon National Park.
  • Photography or Painting Workshops: These workshops are allowed to give technical and artistic instructions on composition of photographs and paintings related to the unique resources protected in Bryce Canyon National Park.
  • Taxi & Recreational Shuttle Services: Commercial shuttle service is authorized for the point-to-point and drop-off of passengers in Bryce Canyon National Park at designated parking areas, pullouts, and developed areas.
Commercial businesses wishing to do any of these activities must procure a Bryce Canyon CUA in advance and follow the terms and conditions of the authorization. A Bryce Canyon CUA is valid for one calendar year. Certain liability insurance and first aid requirements must be met before a permit can be issued. (See Attachments A and B for explanations of required documentation.)

Links to application materials are available below. The documents are fillable Word files that can be filled in, printed, scanned, and submitted via email (the preferred method) or by regular mail or fax. Required documents to be submitted include the Application and all required documentation (as explained in Attachments A and B). The CUA Annual Report is a required year-end report that must be submitted by February 28 for the previous year's commercial business activity.

Point of Contact:
Jan Stock, Concessions Management Specialist (through 11/30/2018)
Email: e-mail us
Office: (435) 834-4741
Fax: (435) 834-4703
Mailing Address: Bryce Canyon National Park, P.O. Box 640201, Bryce, UT 84764-0201

NOTE: 2019 CUA Applications (no deadline for submission) and 2018 CUA Annual Reports (due February 28, 2019) have been updated. All previous versions of CUA Application Materials and Annual Reports are obsolete.

2019 CUA Application and Instructions

Sample "Visitor's Acknowledgment of Risk"

(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.)

2018 Annual Report

(Due February 28, 2019 ~ For business taking place between January 1 and December 31, 2018)

Superintendent's Compendium

(Designations, closures, permit requirements, and other restrictions imposed under the discretionary authority of the Superintendent, Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Chapter 1)

Last updated: November 16, 2018

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P.O Box 640201
Bryce, UT 84764


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