Commercial Use Authorizations

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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.

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2017 CUA APPLICATION CHARGES:
  • Fees for Backpacking, Day Hiking, Bicycle Tours, and Tuweep CUAs are $415 during calendar year 2017.
  • Fees for Equipment Rental and Delivery CUA are $300 during calendar year 2016.
  • Fees for Photography & Art Workshop CUA are $175 during calendar year 2016.
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.
 

NOTE (updated November 3, 2016)
Grand Canyon National Park is now accepting applications for Commercial Use Authorizations (CUA) in the Tuweep area through December 31, 2017. All CUAs will expire at that time. Applications for Tuweep Commercial Transportation will be considered to the extent they do no have unacceptable impacts on park resource and values. Please contact the Commercial Services office for more information.

CUAs issued during this time period are not guaranteed a CUA in 2018. The park's Backcountry Management Plan is being revised and will provide guidance on managing Commercial Use in the Tuweep area. The NPS has posted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the revised plan, which was available for public comment until March 4, 2016. This document can be found at parkplanning.nps.gov.

 

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 Backpacking 10-115 here (PDF size 262 KB) Download the required Staff Registration Form here. Submit WFR/CPR certification with each form.

Download the Bicycle Tour - South Rim 10-115 here (PDF size 266 KB) Download the required Staff Registration Form here. Submit CPR/First Aid certification with each form.

Download the Bicycle Tour - North Rim 10-115 here (PDF size 264 KB) Download the required Staff Registration Form here. Submit CPR/First Aid certification with each form.

Download the Day Hiking 10-115 here (PDF size 261 KB) Download the required Staff Registration Form here. Submit WFR/CPR certification with each form.

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.

  • A minimum of 4 weeks is required to process a completed CUA application packet.
  • Applications are processed in the order in which they are received.
  • All required documents must be submitted in one complete packet.
  • Incomplete applications are placed on hold, which delays the review process.
  • Requests cannot be expedited.

Email submission is preferred. All documents can be emailed to: grca_permits_mail@nps.gov

You may also mail the complete application packet to:

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

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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Commercial Van Tour
Commercial Van Tour

Entrance fees for tour operators are based on vehicle's seating capacity as follows:

  • 26+ seats -- $300; this fee is a flat rate per vehicle and not pro-rated for passengers who may be exempt from fees. No Golden Eagle, Golden Age, Golden Access and Grand Canyon Park Passes will be accepted and No exemptions for age.
  • 1-25 seats -- $8 per person.

    Beginning January 1, 2016, Grand Canyon National Park will no longer accept any passes or private vehicle receipts for waiving entrance fees for any commercial vehicles.

    This includes the Grand Canyon Annual Pass and all of the passes in the America The Beautiful –The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass program, also known as the Interagency Passes.

    By policy, "a vehicle fee is an entrance fee for entry of a single, private, non-commercial vehicle and its passengers." Private vehicles or individuals with entry receipts are non-transferrable to any other entity or organization and may not be used to waive commercial vehicle entrance fees.

    As stated on the back of all Interagency Passes: "Admit the pass owner(s) and any accompanying passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas . . ." this is a clear prohibition the use of these passes for commercial entry.

    To be consistent with National Park Service policy and the other park units across the service, Grand Canyon National Park will no longer accept these receipts or passes for commercial entry into the park.

    If you have any questions, please contact the Fee Management Office at 928-638-7852. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding of this correction in procedure.

Learn more here

For questions about entrance fees please contact the Fee Management Office at 928-638-7852


 
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.


Cash, credit card and traveler’s check will be the only approved forms of payment for entrance fees starting October 1, 2015. Card-Not-Present transactions are not permitted, including payment over the phone. Any company arriving at the entrance station without one of the approved forms of payment for entry fees will be denied access to the park.

 
Backcountry campsite
Backcountry campsite

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)

 

 

If you are visiting the North Rim, download the 2016 Commercial Vehicle Parking Policy update letter here


Commercial Tour Passenger Certification and Pre Authorized Debit Sign Up Forms (PAD)
were Discontinued October 1, 2015 > Learn More...

Commercial Tour Entrance Fees
Backcountry Camping Permits for Overnight Backpacking Operators

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 129
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023

Phone:

(928) 638-7888
This is the main phone number for general park questions.

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