Commercial Use Authorizations

Current CUA Holders - Winter 2020
Guided Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Tours:

Glacier Adventure Guides
Glacier Treks


Summer and Hiker/Biker CUAs
The application period for summer and hiker/biker season CUAs is now open. Download the
2020 informational letter for application instructions and information about the 2020 season. CUAs are available for the following visitor services:

This CUA authorizes conducting guided bicycle road tours during daylight hours on roads open to motorized traffic. Bicycles are prohibited on backcountry trails and boardwalks. Group size (including leaders) cannot exceed 30 participants. The season for bicycle tours is from June 1 to October 15.

Bicycle Tours Application
Bicycle Tours CUA
Bicycle Tours Post-Use Report
Instructional Photography Workshops
This CUA authorizes conducting day and/or night use photography workshops in Glacier National Park. Workshops will include photography instruction led by a qualified instructor with expertise in teaching field photography and familiarity with Glacier National Park. Overnight trips into the backcountry are not authorized. Group size (including leaders) cannot exceed 12 participants. The season for photography workshops is from June 1 to October 15.

Photography Workshops Application
Photography Workshops CUA
Photography Workshops Post-Use Report

Instructional Birding Workshops
This CUA authorizes conducting day use birding workshops in Glacier National Park. Workshops will include birding instruction led by a qualified instructor with expertise in teaching field birding and familiarity with Glacier National Park. Overnight trips into the backcountry are not authorized. Group size (including leaders) cannot exceed 12 participants. The season for birding workshops is from June 1 to October 15.

Birding Workshops Application
Birding Workshops CUA
Birding Workshop Post-Use Report

To request CUA application materials for Instructional Art Workshops, please call (406) 888-7909 or or email glac_cua@nps.gov.
This CUA authorizes an interpretive guide to join a visitor in the visitor’s private vehicle (as a passenger) to provide narrative interpretation of natural and cultural resources during a road-based sightseeing tour within the park. The season for step-on guide services is from June 1 to October 15.

Step-on Guides Application
Step-on Guides CUA
Step-on Guides Post-Use Report
This CUA authorizes conducting guided bicycle road tours during daylight hours on public roads open for hiker/biker use and/or shuttle services for bicyclists accessing public roads open for hiker/biker use. Bicycles are prohibited on backcountry trails and boardwalks. “Hiker/Biker” season is defined as the period of time when a paved road is closed to public motorized vehicle use, yet portions of the road are available for hiking and biking. Bicycle tour group size cannot exceed 15 bikers (including leaders) on weekdays. Weekends and federal holidays are limited to a group size of seven bikers (including leaders). This CUA authorizes bicycle tours and shuttles beginning on April 15, or when road conditions allow for safe biking, and expires when public roads open to vehicle traffic (in spring) and when road conditions no longer allow for safe passage (in fall).

Bicycle Tours and Bicycle Shuttles (Hiker/Biker) Application
Bicycle Tours and Bicycle Shuttles (Hiker/Biker) CUA
Bicycle Tours and Bicycle Shuttles (Hiker/Biker) Post-Use Report

The deadline for summer CUA applications is May 1, 2020. Application packages received after May 1, 2020, but before June 15, 2020, will be processed; however a $100 late processing fee must accompany the application. No summer CUA applications will be processed after June 15, 2020.

NEW! Pay CUA fees
online through Pay.gov.
Application/Administration/Additional Guide/Late Fees
Management/Per-Trip Fees

Post-Use Reports for 2020 are due November 1. Please download, complete, and return via glac_cua@nps.gov.

Beginning in 2021, road-based commercial tours entering Glacier National Park will need a CUA. Park-specific road-based tour CUA requirements will be posted here in the spring of 2020. Road-based commercial tours are defined as one or more persons traveling by vehicle on an improved roadway on an itinerary that a company or individual has packaged and priced for leisure/recreational purposes. Road-based commercial tours generally provide no other visitor services except those incidental to road-based travel in an NPS unit (on-board interpretation and information, and incidental stops at visitor centers, restaurants, wayside exhibits, etc.).

CUA holders and their employees are required to meet the conditions of the CUA while operating within Glacier National Park. Failure to meet these conditions may result in CUA suspension, restriction, revocation or application denial. Review Glacier National Park's CUA Suspension, Restriction, Revocation and Application Denial Policy.

Sample National Park Service approved Visitor Acknowledgement of Risk Form
 


Last updated: March 12, 2020

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West Glacier, MT 59936

Phone:

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