Grand Canyon National Park is continuing to evaluate and adapt to changing COVID-19 guidance, and to adjust operations as needed.Visit this page for a list of what is open, and for park-wide updates >
UPDATE: New COVID-19 guidance for Commercial Use Authorizations:
Update effective May 8, 2021
Grand Canyon National Park is updating the 2021 commercial vehicle occupancy standards.
The following two commercial vehicle occupancy models have been established and are effective May 8, 2021:
Continued COVID-19 mitigations such as wearing facial coverings/mask when 6-feet of physical/social distancing cannot be maintained and other CDC recommendations should also be in place.
Complete 2021 CUA applications that have already been submitted will be issued with an effective date of May 8, 2021 and sent out via email.
Please e-mail us at the Permits Office with any questions.
What is a Commercial Use Authorization (CUA)?
A CUA allows an individual, group, company or other for-profit entity to provide commercial visitor services within a National Park area. Services provided to NPS employees are not covered by CUAs (e.g., Schwan's grocery delivery). Commercial Use Authorizations (CUAs) are required for all commercial visitor services provided by a company or organization not based in the park.
What does the law and regulations say about CUAs?
Who needs a CUA?
A CUA is required if an entity provides a good, activity, service, or other function to visitors in a NPS managed area, uses park resources and results in compensation, monetary gain, benefit or profit.
What constitutes a commercial tour or service?
A commercial tour or service consists of one or more persons traveling on an itinerary that has been packaged, priced, or sold for leisure/recreational purposes by an organization that profits from providing that service.
You must be in possession of a valid CUA to conduct business in Grand Canyon National Park.
Last updated: May 5, 2021