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:
NOTE: As of May 15, 2021, Grand Canyon National Park only accepts credit or debit cards for all entrance fees, including commercial tour fees. Visit the Commercial Tours Entrance Fee page for more details.
Update effective May 28, 2021
CUA holders may now operate at 100% capacity.
The Department of Interior issued a memorandum on May 27, 2021 allowing transportation systems to operate at 100% capacity. This also applies for Commercia Use Authorizations.
Continued COVID-19 mitigations other CDC recommendations should also be in place.
If conditions change, Grand Canyon National Park reserves the right to change these parameters or other operational conditions immediately. Please understand the Park will make every effort to communicate the need for the change in a timely manner; however, depending on conditions, immediate action may be necessary.
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: July 20, 2021