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 operational updates >
CUA Program Updates
New guidance is in place for COVID mitigations amid the nation-wide surge in cases.
Outdoor mask zones have been identified for all people regardless of vaccination status. These are the same zones that previously required mask-wearing for unvaccinated people due to the crowded nature of the area and the inability to effectively socially distance.
New NPS guidance requires masking in these areas regardless of community transmission levels because transmission levels are high across the country and we have people coming here from many locations.
Continued COVID-19 mitigations other CDC recommendations should also be followed.
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.
As the COVID-19 pandemic runs its course, operational conditions within the park are subject to change. This could include closures, changes in operational hours, availability of facilities, suspension, or further modification of CUA activities, etc. We will notify all CUA holders of any changes in operations via email.
Things to know:
A complete application packet must include:
The United States of America
Grand Canyon National Park
PO Box 129
Grand Canyon, Arizona 86023
The Annual Report for 2021 is now available. If your operating season is complete, please submit your 2021 Annual Report at your convenience. The 2021 Annual Report is due on January 31, 2022.
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What happens once I turn in my application?
You will receive an automated email letting you know we received your application. If you do not receive this email, please send your documents again. A staff member will check the documents for completeness in the next week and either place them in the queue OR send you an email requesting missing pieces. Expect a permit to be processed anywhere from two to four weeks after the application packet is complete. We will send you the permit via email and ask you to print it out and keep it with your tour group when you enter the park. Please read the conditions of the permit carefully before your trip(s).
Submitting your CUA application packet:
Email your complete application packet in PDF format to: firstname.lastname@example.org
You may also mail the complete application packet to:
We highly recommend that you email your complete application packet. This reduces wait time and allows us to better track your case. Once submitted, you will receive an automated message. Please wait at least two weeks before checking your permit status. We experience a high volume of applicants, over 700 a year, and cannot give companies individual attention. Peak periods are October through December and again in February and March. We recommend you get your complete application in as early as possible, especially if your trips fall during peak periods. Complete applications are processed in four weeks on average. No applications can be expedited. There are no exceptions.
Backcountry Camping Permits for Overnight Backpacking OperatorsIn 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.
Commercial Entrance FeesFind more information about Commecial Entrace Fees on the Entrance Fees - Commercial Tours page.
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Last updated: September 23, 2021