What is a Commercial Use Authorization (CUA)?
A commercial use authorization (CUA) is a permit to operate commercial activities and provide specific visitor services within Grand Teton National Park (GTNP) and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway (JODR). Public Law 105-391, Section 418, which was signed in 1998, provides for the issuance of Commercial Use Authorizations (CUAs) to a private person, corporation, or other entity to provide suitable commercial services for park area visitors. Commercial activities are generally prohibited in National Parks unless authorized by a CUA, concessions contract, or commercial fee entrance pass. GTNP issues CUAs to manage a range of commercial visitor services.
Who needs a CUA?
A CUA is required if you provide any goods, activities, services, agreements, or other function for park visitors that:
Looking for a list of all current CUA holders? Click here.
What is a commercial activity or service?
A commercial visitor service activity is defined as any or all goods, activities, services, agreements or anything offered to park visitors and/or the general public for recreational purposes, which uses the park resources, is undertaken for or results in compensation, monetary gain, benefit or profit to an individual, organization or corporation, whether or not such entity is organized for purposes recognized as non-profit under Local, State, or Federal law. Commercial activities or operations not authorized under a CUA, concession contract, lease, Special Use Permit, or through the use of the Commercial Entrance Fee, are generally prohibited in Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway. The links below include information to get you started if you want to apply for a CUA as well as tools to help current CUA holders.
How do I apply for a CUA?
The 2024 Application Period will be open from October 3, 2023 – March 1, 2024.
What are the Terms and Conditions of Commercially Operating in Grand Teton National Park?
All commercial operators are independently responsible for understanding and complying with the most current applicable laws, regulations, orders, ordinances and other requirements and for conducting their operations in a manner that is safe and protects the health of employees, customers and the public.
This guidance could change if COVID-19 conditions become less favorable. Operators are responsible for staying up-to-date on the latest guidance.
What Activities and Services are Authorized under a CUA?
What activities and services are not authorized under a CUA?
The park does not accept applications for activities not listed above such as lodging, campgrounds, food and beverage, retail, marina and boating services, scenic float trips, in-park equipment rentals, guided youth backpacking, climbing, fishing, guided kayak tours, climbing, backcountry skiing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, etc. These activities are deemed both appropriate and necessary, therefore they are only authorized under competitive concession contracts, which are generally put out for bid every 10 to 20 years.
CUAs for Commercial Tour Buses
Implementation of the National Park Service (NPS) standardized Road-based Commercial Tour (RBCT) Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) Park Service wide program and changes to commercial tour entrance fees has been delayed. For additional information and status updates, please visit the National CUA web page for the National Park Service.
Last updated: November 29, 2023