Special Use Permits

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

A Special Use Permit is required for activities that provide a benefit to an individual, group, or organization rather than the public at large. 36 CFR 2.50 These activities require some degree of management from the National Park Service if there is the potential for interference with visitor use, congestion of a highly visited area, or possible impact on park resources.

Please e-mail Commercial Services at grca_permits_mail@nps.gov for questions, concerns, or date/location availability checks. Permit Conditions are listed at the bottom of this page and are subject to change.

Note:

  • Special Use Permits only allow for the authorized activity within the permitted area. Permits do not allow for exclusive use of an area. The permit does not provide for, or include, any services or amenities.
  • Applications are only accepted up to 1 year in advance.
  • We require a minimum of 30 days to fully process a basic permit request (except for 1st Amendment Permits). Do not wait until the last minute to apply for your permit. No requests are expedited; no exceptions. Complex special events may require up to 6 months to process.
  • Please note: Weddings (except Shoshone Point) are permitted for a 2 hr. block of time. If additional time is needed, an extra charge per hour will be applied to the permit fee. Shoshone Point will be permitted for a maximum of 6 hrs.
  • Ready to submit an application form? It is recommended to save the PDF document and open with Adobe to digitally sign and e-mail to grca_permits_mail@nps.gov. Upon receipt of your application, we will send a payment request (except for First Amendment permits).

 
 

Type of Special Use Permits

 

Click the type of Special Park Use for more information.

A special use permit is required for activities that provide a benefit to an individual, group, or organization rather than the public at large.

Freedom of speech, press, religion, and assembly are constitutional rights. However, the courts have recognized that activities associated with the exercise of these rights may be reasonably regulated to protect park resources.

When is a permit needed?

Individuals or groups planning to hold a demonstration in a park are encouraged to contact us in advance to discuss the proposed activity. The NPS may reasonably regulate certain aspects of First Amendment activities, such as the time when, the place where, and the manner in which the activity is conducted.

Designated First Amendment Sites

Grand Canyon has several designated sites for first amendment activities. Based on  36CFR 2.51 and 2.52 groups of 25 people or fewer may use these areas without a permit as long as they are not using stages, platforms, structures, or sound systems. These areas are available on a first-come, first-served basis, however, small groups may want to obtain a permit to ensure they have the use of the area.

Groups over 25 people and groups using stages, platforms, structures, or sound systems, or for distribution of printed matter (36 CFR 2.52) need to apply for a permit for a designated area.

First Amendment Special Events

Some examples of special events that fall under First Amendment Rules:

  • distribution and/or sale of printed matter
  • religious services
  • public demonstrations or assemblies, etc.

Permit Fees

There are no permit fees associated with First Amendment permits. Please contact Commercial Services at e-mail us for more information about Designated First Amendment sites or the application process.

Grand Canyon National Park's inspiring viewpoints and natural settings are ideally suited for small, simple and quiet weddings. All ceremonies, regardless of size, require an approved Special Use Permit issued by the National Park Service. Weddings may be scheduled up to 1 year in advance. We do not allow many things traditional weddings usually request: chairs, tables, flowers, amplified sound, balloons, signs, etc. at any location. 

Special Use Permits only allow the use of the permitted area. The permit does not provide for, or include, any services or amenities.

To be married in the park, obtain an Arizona marriage license, acquire a Special Use Permit from the park, and arrange a Justice of the Peace, or an ordained clergy to perform the ceremony.


Please note: Weddings (except Shoshone Point) are permitted for a 2 hr. block of time. If additional time is needed, an extra charge per hour will be applied to the permit fee. Shoshone Point will be permitted for a maximum of 6 hrs.

Please review the Wedding Webpage for a list of common locations in the park and indicate your first and second choice location on the application.

To check if your desired location and date is available, please contact our office via email.

Please note that Cape Royal Amphitheater and Point Imperial Viewpoint on the North Rim and Shoshone Point on the South Rim are only available May 15 to October 15 due to road closures and lack of facilities during the winter months.

For information on lodging, catering or reception availability please contact hotels and facilities directly. You can find information about lodging in the area at: https://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/lodging.htm

Permit Conditions are located under the fee section of this page.

Any organized, non-commercial group of 12-30 participants, or not-for-profit group conducting rim-to-rim, rim-to-rim-to-rim, rim-to-river-to-rim, and/or extended day hikes in the inner canyon must obtain a Special Use Permit. The inner canyon is defined as the area below the Tonto Platform from the South Rim and below Manzanita Resthouse from the North Rim. Groups may not break into smaller groups on different permits to accommodate group size. Commercial Rim-to-River-to-Rim Day Hiking is Prohibited: Commercial companies and paid guides are prohibited from conducting or sponsoring Rim-to-River-to-Rim day hikes. Commercial day hikes will not be advertised as endurance events. 36 CFR § 1.5 (a)(2)

Extended Day-Hike Permit Requirement:

  • Organized Non-Commercial Groups - defined as any group traveling together, such as scouts, a club, a church, a meet up group, or a family/friend group that has created its own itinerary. Group size is between 12-30 people. 11 people or less do not require a permit.
  • Not-for-Profit Groups - defined as a group that may meet the criteria for a non-commercial group if the organization derives no taxable income from providing leisure/recreational services. Groups must prove 501(c)(3) status. Group size is between 12-30 people. 11 people or less do not require a permit.
  • Fundraiser Groups - defined as any group seeking or raising financial support for a charity, institution, or other enterprise. Group size is limited to 30 people. A permit is required for all Fundraiser Groups, regardless of group size.

 

What will be required with the SUP?

  • An application fee of $250
  • It is recommended the group provides a certificate of insurance for general liability in the amount of $300,000 with the United States Government listed as additionally insured.
  • Group size is limited to 30 individuals, including all organizers and trip leaders.
  • The permittee and its organization (club, non-profit, group, etc.) is allowed to obtain one permit per day. If your group is doing a back-to-back extended day hike with a night spent on the rim, you must apply for an SUP for each day.
  • All groups will maintain a ratio of no less than 1 trip leader with certification in Basic First Aid and CPR for 1-7 participants or 2 trip leaders with certification in Basic First Aid and CPR for groups up to 15 participants, and 3 trip leaders with certification in Basic First Aid and CPR for groups up to 30 participants.
  • All non-profits applying to operate under an SUP must provide proof that the Internal Revenue Service currently recognizes the applicant as an organization to which contributions are tax deductible under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Any individual who has been compensated, including subsidized participation, must prove 501(c)(3) status.
  • Non-profits are must provide a letter stating "no taxable of income will be derived from this event."
  • State the start and finish trailheads in the Special Use Permit application.

Extended Day Group Hikes: Vehicle Trailhead Access

  • Depending on the size of the vehicle and the trailhead you are planning to start or finish your Extended Day Hike Event, your group may not be able to directly access the trailhead.
    • South Kaibab Trailhead (South Rim): No access to trailhead by any vehicle- access is by Park Shuttle Bus or walking trail only. NO drop-off, pick-up, loading or access to the parking lot.  Yaki Point Road is closed to private and commercial vehicles, the only way to access the trailhead. Your group should plan to utilize Grand Canyon Park shuttle busses (Hiker's Express route or the Orange Shuttle bus Eastbound). Using a large charter bus for this trailhead to start or finish is not recommended as there is no designated drop off area for charter bus participants to walk from. 
    • North Kaibab Trailhead (North Rim): This trailhead has a very small parking lot and vehicles over 22 ft (charter busses) are prohibited from accessing the parking lot or dropping passengers off on the side of the road; there is no shoulder. Vehicles 22 ft or longer are permitted to pick up/drop off their passengers near the Employee Dining Room on the NPS Service Road and participants will travel 1 mile by foot to the NK trailhead on the Bridle Path trail.
    • Bright Angel Trailhead (South Rim): Very busy parking lot. Limited parking for private vehicles. Best area for charter buses to drop off, loading zone in front of Bright Angel Hotel. Blue Shuttle bus drops off here and the Hiker's express route picks up at the Bright Angel Lodge bus stop to access South Kaibab Trailhead.
 

Additional conditions and further details of these requirements will be outlined in the SUP.

 

If your special event does not include one of the common events listed below or is taking place at a non-permitted location, your event may fall under the category of Complex Special Event. Complex Special Events are evaluated on a case-by-case basis and may require up to 6 months to process. 

Common Special Events are at areas listed on Permitted Locations

  • Weddings

  • Extended Day Hike

  • Family Gatherings

It is recommended to contact The Permits Office prior to submitting your Special Use Permit application. 

Grand Canyon National Park has permanently suspended permitting the scattering of human cremains (ashes) within the park. The park’s Special Use Permit (SUP) program is no longer issuing permits for ash scattering at Grand Canyon. This decision was made after extensive interdisciplinary review and formal comment from our 11 traditionally associated tribes.

Grand Canyon, the Colorado River, Little Colorado River, and their surrounding areas are significant sacred sites rooted in the traditional history and cultural identity of Grand Canyon’s associated tribes. Based on associations with the cultural practices, traditions, beliefs, lifeways, and social institutions of traditional native communities, these areas combined are a Traditional Cultural Property eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic places pursuant to 36 CFR 60.4.

The practice of scattering ashes at Grand Canyon is considered disrespectful to many indigenous people and traditional communities. As such, the permitting of the activity could constitute an adverse impact to the Traditional Cultural Property at Grand Canyon and is incompatible with the park’s goal of recognizing indigenous beliefs.

Under 36 C.F.R. § 2.62(b), the scattering of ashes is prohibited at Grand Canyon National Park. This activity is inconsistent and interferes with the NPS’s efforts to comply with the National Historic Preservation Act, 16 U.S.C. § 470 et seq., and the Native American Grave Protection and Repatriation Act, 25 U.S.C. § 3001 et seq.

Other types of ash scattering, such as pet, is prohibited per 36 CFR 2.22(a)(1).

 
View past the heads people at a wedding ceremony with a bride and groom standing by a priest that is reading from a book. Colorful canyon buttes and cliffs form the background.
Wedding ceremony at Shoshone Point on the South Rim.

NPS photo.

Commonly Permitted Locations of Grand Canyon National Park

Common permitted locations of Grand Canyon National Park are located on both the South and North Rims. First Amendment sites can only be permitted specifically for First Amendment activities.

These are locations at commonly permitted sites at Grand Canyon National Park. If your requested location is not at one of these sites, your permit category may fall under the other special events category.

Click the photo gallery to see examples of views from some of these permitted locations.

Permits do not give exclusive use of the site. These areas are still open to the public.

Set up is not generally authorized. Shoshone Point is the only permitted site where catering may be authorized.
 

South Rim Sites

Overview

  • Parking - 5 vehicles may be authorized to park at Shoshone Point permitted area. There is a 1 mile walk on the dirt road from the parking open to the public. Shoshone Point Parking Area (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov)
  • # of people limitation - 85 people
  • Accessible - No. The ground is dirt and uneven, including around the permitted area. 
  • Seasonal Closure? - Shoshone Point is available to be permitted May 15 - October 15. 
  • Closest Toilet - A pit toilet is located on site, across from the pavilion- no hand washing station or hand sanitizer available.
  • GPS Coordinates: 36.044890, -112.058505
  • Link to Photo Gallery

Shoshone Point Information

The National Park Service offers a site on the South Rim of Grand Canyon for reservation by groups wishing to host a wedding, celebrate a birthday, conduct a memorial service, hold a family reunion, or any similar non-commercial event.

Shoshone Point is the place for people who can be flexible with their planning and can deal with unpredictable Grand Canyon weather.

Please Note:

  • Shoshone Point can only be reserved for:
    • a maximum 6-hour block of time
    • between an hour before sunrise and an hour after sunset
    • between May 15 - October 15.
  • Shoshone Point is the only site that may be authorized for catering.
  • To check if your desired location and date is available, please contact our office via email.
  • The general public parking is often busy; it is recommended to arrange a shuttle from the dirt parking lot 1 mile west of the Shoshone Point general parking area. 

Accessing the Site

Shoshone Point Road is a one-mile unimproved dirt road, low clearance vehicles are not recommend. Walking is always an option. No more than 5 vehicles may park out at Shoshone at any one time. Commercially marked vehicles are not allowed. Vehicles over 22 feet are not allowed. Catering vehicles may be authorized, please list the request in the application.

The dirt road leads to this isolated area with spectacular views of Grand Canyon. The site features a covered pavilion, picnic tables, grills, trash cans and a vault toilet. There is no water or electricity at the site.

The ground surface of the event area and the trail leading to it is unimproved and rough. Although relatively level, participants using wheelchairs or walkers will need assistance. An unimproved trail leads from the event area a short distance to the point. You will encounter steep drop-offs and uneven steps along the way with no guard rails or walls.

Fires

  • Bring your own firewood; you may not collect wood in the park.
  • Please review current fire information and restrictions: https://www.nps.gov/grca/learn/management/firemanagement.htm
  • If conditions allow, you are responsible for completely extinguishing the fire. Please bring water as water is not available at the site. Fires may be restricted during the driest weeks of spring and summer.

 

Overview

  • Parking -138 spots
  • # of people limitation - 250
  • Accessible - yes
  • Seasonal closures? - No, there are no seasonal closures. 
  • Closest bathroom - Onsite
  • GPS Coordinates: 36.05433395100229, -112.12365293367492
  • Link to Webpage
  • Link to Photo Gallery

Shrine of Ages Information

Located just west of Park Headquarters, the Shrine of the Ages is an National Park Service facility that is used for a variety of events. The Shrine features an auditorium with seating for up to 250, and a multipurpose room which seats up to 60 people. Food and drink (except water) are not permitted within the building.

If you are interested in reserving the Shrine, please contact our office via email to check on availability prior to submitting an application.

Please Note:

  • Parking is available in Parking Lot A. There are 138 parking spots at Parking Lot A but the Shrine of Ages can also be accessed by park shuttle bus or walking.
  • The building is ADA accessible.

 

Overview

  • Parking - 22 parking spots. Lipan Point is a very popular viewpoint with limited parking. It is often hard to accommodate oversized vehicles. If your group needs to bring multiple vehicles, it is recommended to park at the viewpoint to the west of Lipan Point and shuttle participants back to the event site (about 1000ft/.3km from Lipan Point). 
  • # of people limitation - 35 people
  • Accessible - One of the permitted sites may be viewed from the pavement by the parking lot. See picture of permitted site behind rocks by parking lot.
  • Seasonal/weather Closure - Yes. Access to Lipan Point may temporarily close due to icy road conditions. 
  • Closest Toilet - Desert View Restrooms are located 2.5miles (4km) east of Lipan Point. 
  • GPS Coordinates - 36.03279101574323, -111.85330644529843
  • Link to webpage
  • Link to Photo Gallery

Lipan Point Information

Lipan Point is a popular viewpoint for sunset. Consider factoring in extra time to obtain a parking space. For larger groups, consider shuttling guests from the lower parking lot west of Lipan Point.

There are two popular spots at Lipan Point to hold the event. One is at the open area on the west side of the parking area. The other is walking east, past the railing, hidden from the parking lot by trees. 

 

Overview

  • Parking - Parking at the view point can accommodate a total of 41 parking spots including 2 handicap and 7 oversized vehicle parking spots. 

  • # of people limitation - 35 people
  • Accessible - yes
  • Scenic Road Closures - Yes, the road to Moran Point may temporarily close due to icy road conditions. 
  • Closest Toilet - Buggeln Picnic Areas is location 2.8 miles (4.5km) west of Moran Point. 
  • GPS Coordinates - 36.00517091965417, -111.92426894042448
  • Link to Photo Gallery
  • Link to Webpage

Moran Point Information

Just west of the main viewpoint in an unrailed area. Receives less visitors than other viewpoints and offers expansive canyon views. Parking usually available nearby. Accommodates up to 35 people.

Overview

  • Parking- Park at Yavapai Geology Museum or Headquarters and walk to the permitted site. The walk to Grandeur is one-fourth of a mile (0.4 km) from the Yavapai Geology Museum parking lot. The walk to Grandeur from Headquarters is one mile (1.6km). The free Park Shuttle bus stops at both parking lots.
  • # of people limitation - 45 people
  • Accessible- Paved pathway to Grandeur Point is along the accessible Rim Trail. Day Hike - Rim Trail (nps.gov)
    • Wheelchairs and strollers may be available for rent at Bright Angel Bicycles next to Grand Canyon Visitor Center. bikegrandcanyon.com 
    • There is a bench on the rim next to the ceremony site. There are a few benches along the rim trail leading to the ceremony site. 
  • Seasonal closure? - No seasonal closures. The paved trail might get icy in winter, but it stays open. Grand Canyon National Park focuses on clearing snow along the rim trail from Yavapai Parking Lot to Grandeur Point
  • Closest Toilet - Yavapai Geology Museum parking lot, one-fourth of a mile (0.4 km) East of Grandeu Point. 
  • GPS Coordinates - 36.06477577407436, -112.12245406524755
  • Link to Webpage
  • Link to Photo Gallery

 

Grandeur Point Information

A short walk west from Yavapai Point. Parking fills quickly; consider using the free shuttle buses. Accommodates 45 people.

To find Grandeur Point, follow the numbers on the ground of the Trail of Time exibit to "140 Million years ago".

 

Overview

  • Parking- The closest parking is in the Grand Canyon Village Area, including the Bright Angel Trailhead. Parking is limited in the village, the Backcountry Office has a larger parking lot. Free park shuttles may be an option from other parking lots. 
  • # of people limitation - 50 people
  • Accessible- No. There are stairs and uneven footing leading to the permitted location. After a snowstorm, the path does not get plowed. 
  • Scenic Road closure limit access? - No.
  • Closest Toilet - Bright Angel Trailhead is one-fourth of a mile (0.4 km) east of the West Rim Worship Site. 
  • GPS Coordinates: 36.057831, -112.147076
  • Link to Photo Gallery

West Rim Worship Site Information

Located at the western end of Grand Canyon Village along the Rim Trail, one-fourth of a mile (0.4 km) from the nearest parking lot. Accommodates 50 people.

 

Overview

  • Pima Point is located on Hermit Road. Hermit Road is closed to private vehicles between March 1 and November 30. During this 9 month period, most visitors access the road via the free Hermit Road (Red) Route) shuttle busHermit Road is open to private vehicles only during the winter months of December, January and February, when there is no shuttle service on Hermit Road. Pima Point - Hermits Rest (Red) Route (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov)
  • Accessibility information - People with mobility issues can ask for the Scenic Road pass to be able to drive Hermit Road. Request at the entrance station or at a Visitor Center in the park. 
  • # of people limitation - Maximum of 30 people
  • Weather Closure - Icy and stormy conditions may temporarily close access to Hermit Road. Contact the Permits Office if you need to adjust your permit request due to road closures or potential road closures. 
  • Closest Toilet - Hermit's Rest is 1.1 mile (1.8km) west from Pima Point.  
  • GPS Coordinates: 36.07331207786185, -112.19811156392946
  • Link to Photo Gallery
  • Link to Webpage

Pima Point Information
Pima Point is one of the best places on the rim to see, and sometimes even hear, the Colorado River. The distant roar of Granite Rapids far below can be heard echoing up the canyon walls on quiet days.

 

North Rim Sites

North Rim sites are permitted between May 15 - October 15 each year. 
Learn more about the North Rim

Overview

  • Parking- 31 parking spots. 

  • # of people limitation - 20
  • Accessible- The parking lot has an accessible paved path to the area where the ceremony could be viewed from above and nearby. The ceremony area itself is not accessible and has uneven ground. Picture of parking area and permitted site. 
  • Vehicle Access - The road to Point Imperial is open with the North Rim Season. The road may temporarily close due to hazardous weather conditions within the North Rim Season. Vehicles 22 feet and larger are not permitted to drive on the road. 
  • Closest Toilet - Onsite
  • GPS Coordinates - 36.27843306821442, -111.97886215308662
  • Point Imperial Webpage
  • Link to Photo Gallery

Point Imperial Viewpoint Information
Highest viewpoint along the rim at 8,800 feet (2,682 m); located 11 miles (17.7 km) from North Rim developed area. Approved wedding location is to the far right (facing the canyon) of park lot on impacted dirt area. Holds up to 20 people.

Overview

Cape Royal Amphitheater Information

Located 23 miles (37 km) from the North Rim developed area. A sign points beyond the picnic area to a site with low log benches. Accommodates up to 40 people.
 

 

 

First Amendment Site Locations

Grand Canyon has several designated locations for first amendment activities.
View the maps of the first amendment locations.
Jump to photo gallery of the sites.

Based on  36CFR 2.51 and 2.52 groups of 25 people or fewer may use these areas without a permit as long as they are not using stages, platforms, structures, or sound systems. These areas are available on a first-come, first-served basis, however, small groups may want to obtain a permit to ensure they have the use of the area.

Groups over 25 people and groups using stages, platforms, structures, or sound systems, or for distribution of printed matter (36 CFR 2.52) need to apply for a permit for a designated area.

A First Amendment Permit may be issued at any permitted location, however, only First Amendment permits may be issued for these locations.

 

Grand Canyon Village Area Sites

Address: 24 South Entrance Road, Grand Canyon, AZ 86023
  • SH1 - on the parking lot island at the intersection of the Shrine’s sidewalk and the parking lot
Map of Market Plaza and Shrine area

GPS Coordinates - 36.053908, -112.123641

Map of Market Plaza SItes
Address 5 Market Plaza Parking, Grand Canyon, AZ 86023
  • MP1 - on the left side of the entrance to the Post Office
  • MP2 - On the right side of the bank’s entrance
  • MP3 - Market Plaza Road, near the south entrance to the Yavapai Cafeteria

Map of Grand Canyon Visitor Center Sites

Address 8 South Entrance Road, Grand Canyon, AZ 86023

  • GCVC1 - North of Shuttle Bus Transit
  • GCVC2 - Northwest of Lot 1, shelters
  • GCVC3 - Northwest of Lot 1, shelters
  • GCVC4 - Northwest of Lot 1, shelters

West Rim Worship Site

Hermit Road at West Rim Interchange on the Rim Trail

McKee Amphitheater is a newly designated First Amendment location. It is an outdoor amphitheater off the rim trail, near Headquarters. 
  • Accomodates 895 participants
  • Handicap accessible
  • Parking available at Headquarters Lot A (138 parking spots) and Market Plaza Lot B (220 Parking Spots)

Mather Point Amphitheater is a newly designated First Amendment location. It is an outdoor amphitheater off the rim trail, near Mather Point. 
  • Accomodates 117 participants
  • Handicap accessible
  • The closest parking is at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center Parking lots 1,2,3 and 4. However, parking is not guarenteed. When parking at a different location in Grand Canyon Village, participants may return to the Grand Canyon Visitor Center by riding the free park shuttle bus. 
 

Desert View Sites

Map of Desert View Sites
Address - 901 Desert View Road, Grand Canyon, AZ 86023

Northeast corner of main parking lot

Southeast corner of Trading Post 
 

North Rim Sites

Map of North Rim Sites
Address - End of Highway 67, North Rim, AZ 
North Rim sites are permitted between May 15 - October 15 each year. 
Learn more about the North Rim

At North Rim Visitor Center sign at south end of parking lot

Northeast corner of Visitor Center
 
 

The Application Process

Special Use Permit Application (1.13 MB PDF file)

Please email your application to grca_permits_mail@nps.gov or send completed and signed application to:

Grand Canyon National Park
Commercial Services Division
3 Camper Services
PO Box 129
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023


Email is the preferred method of submitting applications. After favorable review of your application, a Special Use Permit will be prepared and e-mailed to you for your signature. Upon receipt, you will need to review, sign and return the permit to our office for final approval. After the permit is approved we will email you an authorized copy. The approved permit must be in your possession at the time of your wedding or event.

We require a minimum of 30 days to fully process a basic permit request (Except for 1st Amendment Permits). Do not wait until the last minute to apply for your permit. No requests are expedited; no exceptions. Complex Special Events may require up to 6 months to process.
 

Special Use Permit Fees

Permit Fees non-refundable and are based on an annual cost recovery analysis conducted by Commercial Services. These fees include the cost of permit processing, administration and the basic monitoring of events. Larger events or other special uses that require additional management and/or administrative time will incur additional fees. Do not include payment information on your application submission. Our office will email you detailed online payment instructions after we confirm receipt of your application.

Application Fees


Instructions for how to pay the nonrefundable application fee will be emailed to you after we confirm receipt of application. By law, we must recover costs associated with managing these permits and sites through these fees.
2023 Permit Fees

Permit Type

Application Fee

First Amendment

$0

Other Special Event

$425

Extended Day Hiking (R2R)

$250

Wedding Permit (non-Shoshone Point and Non-Shrine)

$240

Shoshone Point

$500

Shrine of the Ages

$275


 

Special Use Permit General Conditions for Commonly Issued Permits

 

Conditions are listed here and are subject to change.

Please review the conditions on your initial permit during the permitting process. 

  1. The Permittee must perform the work or conduct the activities authorized by this permit in accordance with the permit’s terms and conditions and in accordance with all applicable federal, state, or local law, including the regulations in 36 C.F.R. chapter I; the regulations in 43 C.F.R. part 5; and all applicable workplace-safety and public-health orders, rules, and requirements. If the Permittee fails to do so, then the Superintendent of Grand Canyon National Park (Superintendent) may immediately suspend or revoke this permit without notice.
  2. The Superintendent may immediately suspend or revoke this permit without notice if destruction of, loss of, or injury to any park property or resource has occurred, is occurring, or appears imminent. In accordance with the System Unit Resource Protection Act, 54 U.S.C. §§ 100721-100725, any person that destroys, causes the loss of, or injures any park system unit resource will be liable to the United States for response costs and damages resulting from the destruction, loss, or injury.
  3. The Superintendent may revoke this permit at any time after providing 24 hours’ written notice to the Permittee setting forth the reasons for the revocation.
  4. If this permit is revoked for any reason or upon its expiration, the Permittee must repair all damage to park property or resources in accordance with the Superintendent’s direction and must restore the Permitted Area to its original, pre-permit condition.
  5. The Permittee must obtain all federal, state, or local permits, licenses, inspections, or other reviews or approvals legally required to perform the permitted work or conduct the permitted activities.
  6. This permit does not grant the Permittee exclusive use of the Permitted Area. Unless the Superintendent restricts public access to or closes the Permitted Area in accordance with 36 C.F.R. § 1.5, the Permitted Area will remain open to the public to the same extent that it is open to the public during regular park visiting hours, and the permitted work or activities may not unduly interfere with the public’s use and enjoyment of the Permitted Area.
  7. This permit may not be transferred or assigned to another party without the Superintendent’s prior written approval.
  8. The Permittee waives all demands, claims, and causes of action against the United States and its officers, employees, agents, and representatives, and releases the United States and its officers, employees, agents, and representatives from all liability, arising out of or resulting from the permitted work or activities. The National Park Service issues this permit upon the express condition that the United States and its officers, employees, agents, and representatives will be free from all liability of any sort whatsoever arising out of or resulting from the permitted work or activities. Accordingly, the Permittee hereby agrees to indemnify, defend, and save and hold harmless the United States and its officers, employees, agents, and representatives from and against all liability of any sort whatsoever arising out of or resulting from the permitted work or activities.
  9. If the Superintendent requires liability insurance as a condition of issuing this permit, then the Permittee must obtain general liability insurance against claims occasioned by the acts or omissions of the Permittee and its officers, employees, agents, representatives, and contractors while performing the work or conducting the activities authorized by this permit. The policy must be in the amount of $ TBD per occurrence and $ TBD aggregate; must be issued by a company licensed to do business and in good standing in the state of Arizona; and must name the United States of America as an additional insured. The Permittee must provide the Superintendent with a Certificate of Insurance with the proper endorsements before the permit’s effective date.
  10. If the Superintendent requires a bond as a condition of issuing this permit, then the Permittee must deposit with the Park, before the effective date of this permit, a bond in the amount of $TBD from a bonding company licensed to do business and in good standing in the state of Arizona or in the form of cash or cash equivalent, to guarantee that all financial obligations to the Park will be satisfied.
  11. As authorized by 54 U.S.C. § 103104 or 54 U.S.C. § 100905 and in accordance with other applicable law and policy, the National Park Service will recover all costs of providing necessary services associated with this permit, including the costs of administering the permit and monitoring the permitted work or activities. The National Park Service may bill the Permittee for either actual costs or estimated costs. Payment is due at the time of billing. If the National Park Service bills the Permittee for estimated costs, and actual costs exceed the estimated amounts, then the National Park Service will bill the Permittee for the excess. If the National Park Service bills the Permittee for estimated costs, and actual costs are less than the estimated amounts, then the National Park Service will refund the difference to the Permittee after the permitted work or activities have concluded and the permit has expired or been terminated. Under no circumstances will the National Park Service be liable for interest on any refunded amount.
  12. The Permittee designates«Individual_In_Charge_of_activity_onsite», at «Ind_in_charge_phone_number», as the on-site person responsible for adherence to the permit’s terms and conditions. The on-site person must have full authority to make all decisions about the permitted work or activities; must be reachable at all times; and is responsible for all persons or entities performing the permitted work or activities, including the Permittee’s contractors and subcontractors.
  13. Nothing in this permit binds the National Park Service to expend in any one fiscal year any sum in excess of appropriations made by Congress or allocated by the National Park Service for the purpose of this permit, or to involve the National Park Service in any contract or other obligation for the further expenditure of money in excess of such appropriations or allocations.
  14. If any provision of this permit is found to be invalid or unenforceable, the remaining provisions of this permit will not be affected and may be enforced to the full extent authorized by applicable law.
  15. Use of the National Park Service Arrowhead Symbol is governed by 36 C.F.R. part 11. The Arrowhead Symbol is the official emblem and a registered trademark of the National Park Service. The National Park Service must authorize any use of the Arrowhead Symbol, including incidental use. Using the Arrowhead Symbol for advertising, promotional, or other commercial purposes is prohibited. Unauthorized use of the Arrowhead Symbol may subject an individual to criminal penalties under 18 U.S.C. § 701.
  16. Approval of the special use permit does not constitute and should not be construed as a Government endorsement of the permittee's views, activities, products, goods, services, or enterprise. The permittee shall not refer to special use permits awarded by the National Park Service for commercial purposes, in advertising, or in a manner which states or implies that, by issuing the special use permit, the views, activities, products, goods, services, or enterprises undertaken pursuant to this permit are approved of or endorsed by the Government.
  17. Credit Lines may be approved through additional terms and conditions.
  18. Federal regulations prohibit any person from knowingly giving false information on an application for a permit and from knowingly giving a false report for the purpose of misleading a government employee or agent in the conduct of official duties. 36 C.F.R. §§ 2.32(a)(3) and 2.32(a)(4). Any violation of those regulations will result in this permit’s immediate revocation.
  19. All individuals participating in the permitted event or activity must wear masks in accordance with the current mask-wearing requirements in the Superintendent's Compendium, which is available on the park's website or from the Superintendent's office.

  1. A copy of this permit shall be kept on site with the permittee at all times while exercising this permit and shall be made available upon request of NPS personnel.
  2. Participants and guests should behave as normal visitors. The event does not have priority over normal visitor activities. The permit fee does not include entrance fees for the wedding party and guests.
  3. Contracted services by the permit holder, such as photographers, officiants, and performers, catering services will not be charged an entrance fee as long as the contracted party presents a copy of this permit to Entrance Station Rangers upon entry to the park.
  4. Nothing may be attached to any natural or historic object or to any National Park Service sign, fence, bench, post or vegetation. Participants may not draw attention to themselves or to the event. Banners or signage including directional signage will not be allowed without prior approval from the National Park Service.
  5. Amplified sound and equipment, including but not limited to electronic musical instruments, microphones, speaker units, etc. is prohibited. Voice communication will be at a minimum level to adequately address the immediate event audience. Vocal communication with or to the public shall not exceed normal conversational volume (60 decibels). 36 C.F.R. §§ 2.12(a)(1)(i). Shouting or raising voice volume to call the attention of the public is prohibited. Vocal communication with or to the public shall not unreasonably disturb nonparticipating person in, or in the vicinity of, the area.
  6. The use of a generator is prohibited.
  7. Do not litter: Nothing may be thrown or released (butterflies, rice, flowers (real or artificial), birds, silly string, confetti, balloons, etc.) at the event site or within the Park's boundaries.
  8. The permittee must maintain the area in a clean and neat manner at all times. Permittee or an authorized representative must continually monitor the permitted and surrounding area and keep it free of any trash generated by the activity. Permit holder (event host) is responsible for cleaning up and removing all trash generated as a result of this event.
  9. Flowers are limited to hand-held bouquets and boutonnieres.
  10. No set-up is permitted. Shade structures, arches, tents, tables, banners signs, balloons, carpet runners, etc. are prohibited.
  11. Catering in not authorized except with a Shoshone Point Permit.
  12. Ceremonies must occur on hardened areas at the event site and must not impact vegetation in any way.
  13. Permittee will initial the bottom of each page of this permit as an indication that they have read and agreed to all of the terms and conditions in the permit
  14. If any participant violates permit conditions (participants, wedding planners, photographers, etc.), it is the permittee that will be cited. 

  1. A copy of this permit shall be kept on site with the permittee at all times while exercising this permit and shall be made available upon request of NPS personnel.
  2. Participants and guests should behave as normal visitors. The event does not have priority over normal visitor activities. The permit fee does not include entrance fees for the wedding party and guests.
  3. Contracted services by the permit holder, such as photographers, officiants, performers, and catering services will not be charged an entrance fee as long as the contracted party presents a copy of this permit to Entrance Station Rangers upon entry into the park. 
  4. No set-up is permitted. Shade structures, arches, tents, tables, banners, signs, balloons, carpet runners, etc. are prohibited.
  5. Nothing may be attached to any natural or historic object or to any National Park Service sign, fence, bench, post or vegetation. Participants may not draw attention to themselves or to the event. Banners or signage including directional signage will not be allowed without prior approval from the National Park Service.
  6. Amplified sound and equipment, including but not limited to electronic musical instruments, microphones, speaker units, etc. is prohibited. Voice communication will be at a minimum level to adequately address the immediate event audience. Vocal communication with or to the public shall not exceed normal conversational volume (60 decibels). 36 C.F.R. §§ 2.12(a)(1)(i). Shouting or raising voice volume to call the attention of the public is prohibited. Vocal communication with or to the public shall not unreasonably disturb nonparticipating person in, or in the vicinity of, the area.
  7. The use of a generator is prohibited.
  8. Do not litter: Nothing may be thrown or released (butterflies, rice, flowers (real or artificial), birds, silly string, confetti, balloons, corks from champagne bottles, etc.) at the event site or within the Park's boundaries.
  9. The permittee must maintain the area in a clean and neat manner at all times. Permittee or an authorized representative must continually monitor the permitted and surrounding area and keep it free of any trash generated by the activity. Permit holder (event host) is responsible for cleaning up and removing all trash generated as a result of this event.
  10. Flowers are limited to hand-held bouquets and boutonnieres.
  11. Alcohol may be served under the proper laws and guidelines.
  12. Ceremonies must occur on hardened areas at the event site and must not impact vegetation in any way.
  13. Catering is authorized as long the contracted service complies with all permit conditions.
  14. A maximum of 5 vehicles are allowed at Shoshone Point at any one time.  All other vehicles must park in the lot outside the gates to Shoshone Point.
  15. Commercial marked vehicles are not allowed at Shoshone Point or in the dirt parking lot at the point.
  16. Vehicles over 22 feet in total length are prohibited down dirt road to Shoshone Point or in the dirt parking lot. Shoshone Point Road is a one-mile unimproved dirt road, low clearance vehicles are not recommended. 
  17. Permittee will initial the bottom of each page of this permit as an indication that they have read and agreed to all of the terms and conditions in the permit.
  18. If any participant violates permit conditions (participants, wedding planners, photographers, etc.), it is the permittee that will be cited.
  19. Other conditions as required.

  1. A copy of this permit shall be kept on site with the permittee at all times while exercising this permit and shall be made available upon request of NPS personnel.
  2. Keys: A key lockbox is located on the front door of the building (south side). You will be emailed a lock box access code one week prior to your event. The key must be secured in the lockbox at the end of your event. Should the key get lost or not returned you will be sent a bill of collection for the cost of replacement, $100.
  3. An authorized copy of the permit is required at time of pickup.
  4. This permit does not infer special preference over normal visitor activities. The permit fee does not include entrance fees for event guests.
  5. Contracted services by the permit holder, such as photographers, officiants, and performers, catering services will not be charged an entrance fee as long as the contracted party presents a copy of this permit upon entry to the park.
  6. Participants may not draw attention to themselves or to the event. Banners or signage including directional signage will not be allowed without prior approval from the National Park Service.
  7. Amplified sound and equipment, including electronic musical instruments and keyboards are allowed, however the volume must not exceed excessive decibels which might disturb neighboring facilities and visitor use. The use of a generator is prohibited.  
  8. Equipment:  Permittee is required to furnish all support equipment for the event. Permittee must provide their own supplies including flipchart, paper, tape, markers, etc. There are no supplies available on site. Keep instructional materials such as flip charts, posters and training aids off the painted wall surface.  Easels or free-standing bulletin/erase boards should be used.
  9. Permittee is prohibited from using audio/visual equipment that is owned by the National Park Service.
  10. Permittee is prohibited from advertising, soliciting business, collecting any fees, or selling any goods or services on lands owned and controlled by the National Park Service including the Shrine of the Ages.  
  11. Food and beverages are prohibited inside the building.
  12. Catering in not authorized except with a Shoshone Point Permit. 
  13. All users are responsible to set up the rooms to their desired configuration and then returning it to its original arrangement.
  14. The room must be left in the same condition that they are found.  Please report any noted damage or rooms found in poor condition to Mary Zylo by email at mary_zylo@nps.gov.
  15. Permittee is responsible for the removal of trash that exceeds the capacity of provided receptacles.
  16. Nothing may be thrown or released (butterflies, rice, flowers (real or artificial), birds, silly string, confetti, balloons, corks from bottles, etc.) at the event site or within the Park's boundaries.
  17. All exits must remain unobstructed in case of emergency.
  18. Any open flame is prohibited including but not limited to candles, incense, or smoking within the building.
  19. Firearms and dangerous weapons are prohibited inside the Shrine of the Ages building (18 U.S. Code § 930).
  20. All users are responsible to secure the building when they are the last to leave, including checking all doors are locked, windows are closed and secured, turning off all lights, and returning the key to the lockbox.
  21. Permittee will initial the bottom of each page of this permit as an indication that they have read and agreed to all of the terms and conditions in the permit.
  22. Other conditions as required.

Extended day hiking Conditions
(also known as Rim-to-Rim)

  1. A copy of this permit shall be kept on site with the permittee at all times while exercising this permit and shall be made available upon request of NPS personnel. 
  2. This permit does not cover entrance fees for event participants.
  3. The permittee and its’ organization (club, non-profit, group, etc.) is not authorized to obtain more than one permit per day.  If it is found that the permittee is an extension of another group already availing itself of an extended day hiking SUP on the same date, this permit will be revoked and permittee may be cited for violating the conditions of this SUP.
  4. Participants and guests should behave as normal visitors. The event does not have priority over normal visitor activities. Participants shall observe proper trail etiquette: Mules have the right of way, uphill traffic has the right of way.
  5. The permittee shall not install or erect any structures, fixtures or improvements in the park area; including but not limited to tents, tables, water/aid stations, etc.
  6. The permittee is prohibited from the use of any signs, flags, banners, etc.
  7. Any contracted service procured by the Permittee such as transportation or catering, must be approved in writing by the Commercial Services office.
  8. The permittee is prohibited from stashing any equipment, such as food, clothing, water backpacks, etc. along the trail or at the trailhead.
  9. Human Waste– Groups are required to abide by all park rules regarding proper disposal of human waste in order to prevent the pollution of water sources, the spread of disease, and the aesthetic degradation of backcountry areas.  Improper disposal of human waste is a violation of park regulations and violators are subject to fines. The use of backcountry toilets is preferred. Carry a shovel or Human Waste bags (WAG bag) for emergencies. 
  10. Do not Litter: The permittee and participants are responsible for removing all trash generated as a result of this event.
  11. This permittee is prohibited from advertising, soliciting business, collecting any fees, or selling any goods or services on lands owned and controlled by the United States. 
  12. Reporting Accidents –All incidents resulting in serious physical injury, personal/government property damage, or injury to park wildlife or resources must be reported to park law enforcement as soon as possible at 928-638-7805 or by dialing 911. Permittee must remain on scene until the arrival of law enforcement officers. [36 CFR 2.33]
  13. Separated Passengers/Rescues – Permittees are responsible for providing their participants with the necessary information to locate or contact their group if they become delayed or separated. Permittees may not abandon their participants in the park and are solely responsible for making arrangements for their participants to rejoin their group after being separated. Lost or missing participants must be reported to park dispatch as soon as possible and without unnecessary delay at 928-638-7805.  While self-rescue is encouraged in cases where no additional resources are needed, the NPS retains the authority to make the determination to employ additional resources when the situation warrants.     
  14. Trip Leaders- The person named on the permit is in charge and will designate Trip Leaders with the expertise to conduct all activities authorized under this Special Use Permit.
    • All groups will have designated Trip Leader/s with certification in First Aid/CPR/AED or higher.
    • All groups will maintain the appropriate number of certified group leaders. For groups of up to 15 participants: 2 trip leaders are required with certification in Basic First Aid and CPR participants. For groups up to 30 participants: 3 trip leaders are required with certification in Basic First Aid and CPR.
    • One trip leader with First Aid/CPR/AED or higher must act as the “sweep” or last member of the group to assist with any injuries and to ensure that group members have exited the canyon.
  15. Group Equipment – A group size first aid kit will be carried by each group.  Trip leaders will carry sufficient equipment to ensure proper human waste disposal. Trip Leaders will also be prepared for emergency situations where they may need to revise their original trip plan to accommodate participants who may be struggling to complete their intended hike. Some recommended additional items include flashlight/headlamps, extra food, electrolyte supplements, water, a method for water treatment, and emergency overnight equipment. 
  16. Water- Permittee is required to provide the means necessary to provide potable water for participants in the case of a water emergency. For water availability, please contact the Backcountry information office at e-mail us or 928-638-7875. For additional information, please visit www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/safe-water.htm
  17. Cigarette Smoking – Smoking on trails is highly discouraged.  Smokers must use caution when smoking to prevent dropping ashes or embers that might ignite a wildfire.  Cigarette butts are trash and must be packed out of the corridor/backcountry for proper disposal.  Trip leaders will ensure that cigarette butts are disposed of properly. The permittee is responsible for abiding by all fire regulations and restrictions.
  18. Food – All food scraps (fruit peels, nut shells, etc.) are considered trash and must be carried out.  It is a violation to feed the wildlife, including squirrels.
  19. Personal Consumption of Wild Edibles – Gathering of fruits, nuts, berries, edible plants, or plant parts for personal consumption is permitted.  Wild edibles or other plant matter may not be gathered for transport outside the park or for commercial purposes.
  20. Rock Climbing – Technical rock climbing is prohibited under the terms of this permit. Climbing is defined to include rock climbing, snow and ice climbing, mountaineering, canyoneering, and caving, where climbing equipment, such as ropes and fixed or removable anchors, is generally used to support an ascent or descent. 
  21. Competition- Competitive and/or timed events are not authorized under this permit.
  22. Harassment- Harassment of and/or threats to park visitors or any NPS employee by the permittee or their participants will result in the suspension and/or revocation of this permit and possible citation. 36 CFR 2.34(a)
  23. Persons engaged in this permitted activity are prohibited from threatening, resisting, intimidating, or intentionally interfering with a government employee or agent engaged in an official duty or on account of the performance of an official duty. 36 CFR 2.32(a)(1)
  24. Access- This permit does not convey priority use of park areas.
    • The permittee is prohibited from blocking access or impeding the flow of traffic along any roads, trails, walkways, greenways, or any National Park Service (NPS) or concessioner facilities.
    • The use herein authorized shall in no way interfere with the normal visitor activities and/or negatively impact park resources.
    • The permittee will advise participants to stay on trails, walk single file, and allow the public to pass.
    • The permittee is prohibited from providing services within any area designated closed in the Superintendent’s compendium or current park closures noted on the website (https://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/conditions.htm).
  25. Vehicle Access- Vehicles larger than 22 feet are not authorized to access North Kaibab Parking lot. Parking along AZ State Highway 67 is not authorized. All vehicles are prohibited from accessing Yaki Point Road and South Kaibab Road. Dropping passengers off or parking at the South Kaibab trailhead is prohibited. 
  26. Permittee will check the Grand Canyon National Park website for updates on the pipeline project at least one week prior to their event to confirm there will not be any closures affecting the intended permitted route. If closures are affecting the permitted route during their allotted date and time, the permittee must contact the permits office immediately at grca_permits_mail@nps.gov to make amendments to the permit (https://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/key-messages.htm).
  27. Permittee will initial the bottom of each page of this permit as an indication that they have read and agreed to all of the terms and conditions in the permit.
  28. If any participant violates permit conditions, it is the permittee that will be cited.

  1. A copy of this permit shall be kept on site with the permittee at all times while exercising this permit and shall be made available upon request of NPS personnel.
  2. The use herein authorized shall in no way impair the operation of public use facilities or services of National Park Service concessioners, holders of commercial use authorizations, or contractors. 36 CFR 2.51(c)(1)(iv)
  3. The area should be left in substantially the same condition as it was prior to the activities authorized herein Permittee agrees to be fully responsible for the use, safety, and cleanup which might result from the permitted activity. Permittee or an authorized representative must continually monitor the permitted and surround area and keep it free of any trash generated by the activity. Any such trash collected shall be disposed of in an appropriate manner.
  4. This permit may be revoked at the discretion of the superintendent should it reasonably appear that the public gathering presents a clear and present danger to public health and safety. 36 CFR 2.51(c)(1)(v)
  5. All printed matter for distribution shall consist only of textual printed material such as books, pamphlets, magazines, and leaflets provided that it is not solely commercial advertising. 36 CFR 2.52(a) if applicable
  6. The use of helium balloons is prohibited. Nothing may be attached to any natural or historic object or to any National Park Service sign, fence, bench, post or vegetation.
  7. The permittee must maintain the area in a clean and neat manner at all times. The permittee(s) must not damage vegetation and remain on pavement at all times.
  8. No sound amplification is allowed. Vocal communication with or to the public shall not exceed normal conversational volume (60 decibels). 36 C.F.R. §§ 2.12(a)(1)(i). Shouting or raising voice volume to call the attention of the public is prohibited. Vocal communication with or to the public shall not unreasonably disturb nonparticipating person in, or in the vicinity of, the area.
  9. At no time will the permittee(s) block any entrance to a building, interpretive exhibit, trail or walkway or in any way obstruct or make it difficult for other individuals to use. Permittee must comply with Park Service requests to move in order to prevent obstruction of a public passage and refusal of such an order constitutes obstruction under 36 C.F.R. § 2.31.
  10. Persons engaged in this permitted activity are prohibited from threatening, resisting, intimidating, or intentionally interfering with a government employee or agent engaged in an official duty or on account of the performance of an official duty. 36 CFR 2.32(a)(1)
  11. The National Park Service reserves the right to display signs with wording such as “THIS AREA HAS BEEN SET ASIDE FOR INDIVIDUALS OR GROUPS EXERCISING THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS. THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE NEITHER ENCOURAGES OR DISCOURAGES OR OTHERWISE ENDORSES THESE ACTIVITIES.” The sign may also identify the group and issue involved and have available the name and address of the Superintendent of Grand Canyon National Park for comments. The permittee will be responsible for the placement and storage of signs as directed by park staff.
  12.  Permittee will initial the bottom of each page of this permit as an indication that they have read and agreed to all of the terms and conditions in the permit.
  13. Other conditions as necessary
 

Additional Information

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Last updated: March 21, 2024

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