Commercial Use Authorization

Permit Information

Commercial Use Authorizations (CUA) are a permit issued by the park Superintendent to allow certain commercial activities within the park. Permits are required of all operators who provide any goods, activities, agreements, or other services to the general public which take place (at least in part) in the park, uses park resources, and are undertaken for or results in compensation, monetary gain, benefit or profit to an individual, organization, or corporation. Permits are required of all individuals, organizations or businesses who lead commercial trips within the National Park, or in other ways receive monetary gain or profit from commercial activities that take place within the park.

Commercial aspects, such as advertising, negotiation of compensation, and a receipt of money/compensation must occur outside of the park. Year-round permits coincide with our fiscal year, starting October 1 and ending September 30 of the following year. Permits may also be issued for one-time use.

Application Instructions

To apply, mail the following items and allow 4 - 6 weeks for processing:

  1. Application (see below)
  2. $100 Application Fee (non-refundable)
  3. Proof of insurance, meeting requirements

Guadalupe Mountains National Park
ATTN: CUA Coordinator
400 Pine Canyon Dr
Salt Flat, TX 79847

Basic Requirements

  • Meet all insurance requirements over duration of permit.
  • Comply with all park rules and permit conditions.
  • Submit accurate Annual Report within 60 days of permit expiration.

Permit Fees

Permits will not be renewed from previous years; every commercial operator will need to submit an application for a permit for each fiscal year they operate.

  • $100 application fee, non-refundable, sent in with application
  • Approved permits accrue an administrative fee of $200 for One-Time Use permit or $300 for Year-Round permit
  • Please note that commericial use fees do not cover park entrance fees. For current park entrance fee information, visit the Fees & Passes page.


Annual Report

If you have any questions concerning the Commercial Use Authorization program, please contact the park CUA Coordinator at 915-828-3251 ext 2109 or email us.

What if I conduct business without a CUA?

Operating any type of commercial visitor service within Guadalupe Mountains National Park without written authorization from the United States is a violation of Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations. It is a citable offense. If you are in doubt, please contact the CUA Coordinator either by email or phone.

Last updated: December 2, 2022

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400 Pine Canyon
Salt Flat, TX 79847


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