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Commercial Use Authorizations
(for Tour Operators)

A Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) is a permit that authorizes suitable commercial services for park visitors within Grand Canyon National Park. The term of a CUA may not exceed 2 years and no preferential right of renewal or similar provisions for renewal may be provided.

Grand Canyon National Park authorizes a variety of commercial services: transportation/ motor tours, bicycle tours, guided hikes and overnight backpacking and equipment rental/ delivery.

NOTE: All Commercial Entrance Fee increases at Grand Canyon National Park (GRCA), scheduled for October 2019, are delayed until April 1, 2020 or until further notice. Learn more >


Special Use Permits

Grand Canyon National Park is home to many beautiful landscapes which make it a popular place for weddings and special events.

Most special events and activities held in the park require a Special Use Permit, (learn more) issued only after the National Park Service (NPS) determines that the activity will not cause derogation of the park's resources or values, visitor experiences, or the purpose for which the park was established.

Visit this page to learn how to schedule facilities, weddings, special events, First Amendment activities, and to obtain a permit for the scattering of creamation ashes.


Filming and Photography Permits

Filming/Photography Permits are issued for photography, filming, and associated sound recording when they involve props, models, professional crews, and casts or set dressings.

Permits are issued to ensure the protection of resources and to prevent significant disruption of normal visitor uses.

Permits are also required for access to areas normally closed to the visiting public. Read more....


River Concessioners

Commercial River Trips

Colorado River Management Plan Documents

Noncommercial (Private) River Trips

Last updated: May 26, 2020

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PO Box 129
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023



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