CUA Program Updates
We have simplified the number of Authorized Commercial Activities from 14 to six.
The new categories are as follows:
We will begin issuing 2-year CUAs effective January 01, 2023 and expiring 12/31/2024. No matter when you apply for your CUA, the expiration date will be 12/31/2024.
Ex: Apply between Oct 1, 2022 – March 31, 2023 for a CUA that expires 12/31/2024
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: July 1, 2022