October 1, 2015
Public Affairs Office, 307.739.3393
MOOSE, WY — Changes are being implemented in the Grand Teton National Park's commercial use authorization program, and all current and prospective holders of these permits are encouraged to acquaint themselves with the updated program.
The commercial use authorization program allows individuals, corporations and other entities to provide commercial services to park visitors within the park. Applications are now being accepted for two new categories of services, guided bicycle tours and youth guided day hikes. Other services include road based tours, photography workshops, painting workshops, auto shuttle services, transit services, towing services, and outfitter services to support the elk reduction program. In 2014, the park issued 91 commercial use authorization permits for a variety of services.
A change to the program is an application period between October 1 and March 1 of each year. The park will only accept new permit applications during this time. Some current permit holders may need to adjust to the new timeline.
Permits are issued for a two-year period, with annual reporting and fee requirements. Reporting requirements include insurance certificates, financial reports, visitor use statistics, and staff certification information.
A new permit fee structure is also being implemented that will include a fee based on the amount of business conducted in the park as measured by gross receipts. Fees will range from 2-5% of total gross receipts. All revenue from commercial use authorization fees remain in the park and are used in the management of the program.
For information about the planning process for the new commercial use authorization program and related documents, please visit https://go.nps.gov/tetoncua