Doing Business With the Park

Federal regulations prohibit engaging in or soliciting any business in park areas, except in accordance with the provisions of a permit, contract, or other written agreement with the United States. As in other National Park Service areas, commercial visitor services or other commercial activities may be provided only by those holding an authorization from the United States.


In Glacier National Park, concessions contracts have been issued to provide certain visitor services. These services include transportation and tour services, food services, backpacking and day hiking guide services, boat tours and small boat rentals, horseback riding, lodging, and retail sales. No other businesses are currently authorized to provide these services in Glacier National Park.

The following business hold the current concessions contracts to provide services in Glacier National Park:

  • Glacier Park Boat Co. provides boat trips (some with guided hikes as an option) and rental boats at Apgar, Lake McDonald Lodge, Many Glacier, Rising Sun, and Two Medicine.
  • Xanterra Parks and Resorts dba Glacier National Park Lodges provides lodging, campstores, historic red bus tours, and restaurant services throughout the park They operate the Village Inn Motel, Lake McDonald Lodge, Rising Sun Motor Inn, Swiftcurrent Motor Inn, and the Many Glacier Hotel.
  • Swan Mountain Outfitters offers guided horseback rides inside the park at Many Glacier, Lake McDonald, and Apgar. They also provide drop camp service (packing visitor's gear using stock) into certain backcountry campgrounds.
  • Belton Chalets, Inc., operates Granite Park and Sperry Chalets...Glacier's two remaining historic backcountry chalets.
  • Glacier Guides Inc., offer guided day hikes and backpacking trips into Glacier's backcountry. They also provide camping equipment rental.
  • Sun Tours offers interpretive bus tours highlighting Blackfeet culture.

Commercial Use Authorizations (CUA)

A CUA allows an individual, group, company or other for-profit entity to provide commercial visitor services within a National Park area. Commercial activities are generally prohibited in National Parks unless authorized by a CUA or concessions contract.

If you are interested in learning more about providing commercial services under a CUA, please visit our general CUA webpage for more information or visit our CUA application webpage for the process to apply. Specific requirements must be met including insurance coverage, guide training, and payment of authorization fees.

Feel free to e-mail us at glac_cua at with additional questions.


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Last updated: December 5, 2023

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West Glacier, MT 59936



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