Commercial Use Authorizations

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Want to conduct business inside Grand Canyon National Park?

Commercial Use Authorizations (CUAs) are required for all commercial visitor services provided by a company or organization not based in the park.

  • CUAs are valid for the calendar year only.
  • Companies will need to reapply each year.
  • Make sure to apply 4 weeks before your first trip/event. Incomplete packets will not be processed until complete. Applications cannot be expedited.
  • Annual reports for those companies holding 2018 CUAs are due January 31st, 2019. Annual Report

Our busiest months for processing permits are November and December. If you would like to avoid a break in service between your company's 2018 and 2019 CUA, please apply before November 20th so that staff have adequate time to process.

A complete application packet must include:
  1. The general application form (typed): Please email the permits office for the 2018 application form. Note that we do not accept electronic or typed signatures. 2019 Application Form 10-550
  2. At least one specific application form (typed). Please choose the 10-115 for each service you wish to provide. If you would like to apply for a 2018 CUA, please contact the permit office.
  1. Certificate of Insurance from your insurance agent for the required amounts (see last page of Application Form 10-550) listing as Additionally Insured: The United States of America, PO Box 129, Grand Canyon, Arizona 86023. Two types of insurance are required:
    • Commercial General Liability
    • Commercial Automobile Liability
  2. Application Fee
  3. Annual Report for the previous year (2018) if you have operated in the park before: Annual Report 10-660 Do not leave any information blank.
Note: Applications are processed in the order in which they are received. Incomplete applications are not placed in the queue until they are complete.
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Submitting your CUA application packet:

Email submission: e-mail us

You may also mail the complete application packet to:

Grand Canyon National Park
Attn: Commercial Services
PO Box 129
3 Camper Services (UPS, FedEx, etc.)
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023

We highly recommend that you email your completed application packet. This reduces wait time and allows us to better track your case. Once submitted, wait at least one week before checking your permit status. No applications can be expedited. There are no exceptions.

Questions? e-mail us or call 928-638-7707 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Arizona Time (AZT) (no Daylight Savings Time), Monday through Friday, excluding Federal holidays. Note: this phone takes messages only. Please leave a detailed message so we can research and return your call. For faster response, please email.


Grand Canyon National Park is accepting applications for Commercial Use Authorizations (CUAs) in the Tuweep area through December 31, 2018. All CUAs will expire at that time. Applications for Tuweep Commercial Transportation will be considered to the extent they do not have unacceptable impacts on park resource and values.

CUAs issued during this time period are not guaranteed a CUA in 2019. The park's Backcountry Management Plan is being revised and will provide guidance on managing Commercial Use in the Tuweep area. The Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the revised plan was available for public comment until March 4, 2016.

e-mail us for more information.

Contact the Commercial Services Office: e-mail us

Additional Information for NORTH RIM COMMERCIALTOUR CUAs:
Download the Commercial Vehicle Parking Policy update letter here.

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Backcountry Camping Permits
for Overnight Backpacking Operators

In addition to the CUA, Backpacking CUA holders are required to obtain all necessary backcountry camping permits from the Backcountry Information Center. Find more information about Backpacking Permits on the Backcountry Permits page.

CUA Backcountry Permit Request Form (400kb PDF File)

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Last updated: October 24, 2018

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PO Box 129
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023


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