Special Use Permits (SUP)

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What is a Special Use Permit?

A special park use is a short-term activity that takes place in a park area and:

  • Provides a benefit to an individual, group or organization, rather than the public at large;
  • Requires written authorization and some degree of management control from the NPS in order to protect park resources and the public interest;
  • Is not prohibited by law or regulation; and
  • Is neither initiated, sponsored, nor conducted by the NPS.

Example of activities requiring a Special Use Permit within Bryce Canyon National Park include weddings, memorial services, commercial filming and/or photography, special assemblies, First Amendment Activities, and athletic events.


Commercial Filming and Photography

Permits are necessary for all commercial filming and still photography. Guidelines and other information, including a link to download the permit application may be found at our Commercial Filming and Photography page.

Note: this permit is not for those conducting Film or Still Photography Workshops; these activities require that you obtain a Bryce Canyon Commercial Use Authorization (CUA).


Bryce Canyon will provide a spectacular backdrop for your wedding. Locations are restricted and a permit application, as well as other information, is available at our Getting Married at Bryce Canyon page.

Scattering Cremated Remains

Bryce Canyon National Park does allow the scattering of cremated human remains within the park. Visit our page on Scattering Cremated Remains to learn more.

Other Special Uses

Some activities that fall outside normal visitation at Bryce Canyon National Park also require obtaining a Special Use Permit. Examples would be a First Amendment use, staging a foot or cycle race, and other activities. Use a General Special Use Permit to apply for these.

Commercial Use Authorization

Bryce Canyon National Park's Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) program authorizes the provision of suitable commercial services such as tours and workshops to park area visitors. Permits and more information available on our Commercial Use Authorization page.


Last updated: October 14, 2021

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