Commercial Use Authorizations
A Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) is a permit that authorizes suitable commercial services for park visitors within Grand Canyon National Park. The term of a CUA may not exceed 2 years and no preferential right of renewal or similar provisions for renewal may be provided. Grand Canyon National Park authorizes a variety of commercial services.
For 2017 CUA Application materials, see CUA Processing at bottom of webpage.
2017 CUA APPLICATION CHARGES:
The CUA fees are determined by a cost analysis in compliance with the 2005 Interim Guidelines for CUAs. This guidance authorizes the National Park Service to recover, at a minimum, associated management and administrative costs associated with CUAs.
The Tour CUA Notification Letter was recently emailed to current Tour CUA Holders. You can download this Notification Letter here. (39.6KB)
NOTE (updated November 3, 2016)
Information on the CUA requirements can be downloaded from the list below under CUA Application Processing.
CUA Application Processing - 2017
The Annual Report is a requirement of the CUA. Download the 2016 Annual Report Form 10-660 here (PDF size 385 KB). You must submit a completed annual report in order to obtain a 2017 CUA.
CUA Application Materials: Download PDF forms below.
All submissions must include the Application Form, typed and signed 10-115, Certificates of Insurance, Fees, and Supplemental Forms listed in the Application. Read the Application for Instructions.
Download the required Application Form Here
Type company information in the 10-115 for each service you are applying for. Sign first and last pages.
To transport clients inside the Park, Download the Commercial Tour 10-115 here (PDF size 275 KB)
Hiking below the Rim requires the Backpacking and/or Day Hiking CUA depending on your activity. See Below.
Download the Equipment Rental 10-115 here (PDF size 245 KB)
Download the Photography & Art Workshop 10-115 here (PDF size 242 KB) Download the Required Itinerary Request for Photography & Art Workshops here (PDF size 99 KB)
For Tuweep, Regional Shuttle, or Motorcycle Tours, contact the Commercial Services Office.
Email submission is preferred. All documents can be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
You may also mail the complete application packet to:
For questions regarding CUAs please contact Commercial Services at 928-638-7707 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time (MST), Monday through Friday, excluding Federal holidays or contact us by e-mail.
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Entrance fees for tour operators are based on vehicle's seating capacity as follows:
Learn more here
Entrance Fees for Commercial Vehicles
Beginning October 1, 2015, the Pre-Authorized Debit (PAD) payment system and checks will no longer be accepted for park entrance fees at Grand Canyon National Park for Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) holders.
In an effort to streamline the process for managing entrance fees, the Park is phasing out the PAD payment system and the acceptance of checks. If you are currently using the Commercial Tour Passenger Certification Form (half sheet) for entry into the park, you will no longer be required to submit this form.
Backcountry Camping Permits
CUA Backcountry Permit Request Form (400kb PDF File)
If you are visiting the North Rim, download the 2016 Commercial Vehicle Parking Policy update letter here