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Update for issuing 2021 CUAs
Grand Canyon National Park will begin accepting CUA applications for 2021
As we have stated in previous correspondence regarding COVID-19, the Park’s Adaptive Operations Team is meeting weekly to evaluate the status of COVID-19 cases and evaluating what changes should be made. We are planning on returning to full operations by May 21, 2021, but that is contingent on several factors, including the availability of staffing to open campgrounds and other services and the prevalent vaccination rate.
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: January 28, 2021