Commercial Use Authorizations (CUAs) are limited authorizations to provide specific visitor services within the boundaries of Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway.
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 are delayed. This decision also delays implementation of increased commercial entrance fees. The Department of the Interior, NPS will provide more details in the future.
NPS is currently working to develop an application system to allow on-line RBCT CUA application submission. The application system will be available at least three months before the RBCT CUA implementation date. For additional information and status updates, please visit the National CUA web page for the National Park Service.
Until then, Parks with existing RBCT CUA requirements, this includes Grand Teton National Park (GTNP), will continue to issue and manage CUAs according to existing practices including charging appropriate fees. Operators of RBCT, and all other CUA categories for GTNP should apply for a CUA permit to operate in 2020 at the open application period October 1 – March 1 (each year).
Annual Financial Reporting
Fees that exceed the initial $300 application fee paid in 2019 will be due on January 31, 2020. Calculate total fees using the Annual Financial Report form. Submit form to: Business Resources. Pay additional fees using Pay.gov.
The 2020 CUA Application Period will open October 1, 2019.
The 2020 Commercial Use Authorization Conditions apply to all CUA holders that operate in Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway. Submit a complete application packet.
2020 Commercial Use Authorization Conditions
For guidelines, Applicant's Checklist, and frequently asked questions about completing a CUA application please read:
2020 CUA Handbook and FAQs
Grand Teton National Park only accepts CUA applications for the following commercially guided activities. For GTNP Operating Plan information, click on the below webpages.
1. Road Based Tours (includes Step on Guide Services)
2. Photography or Painting Workshops
3. Auto Shuttle Services
4. Transit Services
5. Towing Services
6. Guided Bicycle Tours
7. Youth Guided Day Hikes
8. Dude Ranch Amenities
Grand Teton National Park does not accept CUA applications for guided backpacking, day hiking, guided climbing, mountaineering, fishing, motorized boating, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, water skiing, floating, skiing, or snowshoeing.