CUA application packets are accepted year-round.
Activity-Based CUA Application
Activity-based CUAs are issued for up to one year with a $300 application fee. For additional information on each activity and instructions on how to apply, please see the links below.
Authorizes guided road-based bicycle trips and front-country hiking on boardwalk areas and trails less than ½-mile from trailheads or roadways.
Authorizes interpretive road-based tours, day hiking, non-instructional photography tours, and step-on guide services on park roads with visits to facilities and services.
Authorizes guided touring or fishing trips in motorized boats on Yellowstone Lake and/or Lewis Lake.
Authorizes guided touring and fishing using dories, single or tandem kayaks, canoe, and other small non-motorized vessels in Yellowstone, Lewis, and Shoshone Lakes.
Authorizes guided overnight backcountry camping and hiking trips. Skiing and/or snowshoeing backcountry trips are allowed with the appropriate authorization and backcountry permit.
Authorizes road-based photography and painting workshops which include photography and/or painting instruction. Stops at visitor facilities, services, walks on trails less than a ½ mile from trailheads or roadways, and on boardwalks/developed areas are authorized under this CUA.
Authorizes road-based interpretive tours, non-instructional photography tours, and in-park shuttle service for group sizes of 1 – 25 clients. Step-on guide service is also authorized under this CUA and may be provided for any size group.
Authorizes guided cross-country snowshoeing and ski touring trips on low to moderate angle terrain which does not exceed incidental slope angles of 34°. Avalanche education courses are authorized under this CUA with pre-approval from Business and Commercial Services Office. Overnight backcountry trips allowed with appropriate authorization and backcountry permit.
Authorizes guided walk and wade fishing trips in park streams and lakes. Float tube use in lakes is permitted with this CUA.
Authorizes services for wedding and portrait photography. This type of photography includes, but is not limited to, the following: Engagement Photography, Wedding Photography, Family Portraits, School/Graduation Portraits, Pet Portraits (must abide by park pet policy in thermal areas). Options are available for a one day single-session permit or an annual CUA. Appropriate wedding permits required.
Service-Based CUA Application
Service-based CUAs are issued for up to two years with a $150 application fee. For additional information on each category and instructions on how to apply, please see the links below.
Authorizes CUA holders to provide towing, tire repair, locksmith, and RV and RV appliance repair services as needed to visitors within the park.
Authorizes commercial travel through NPS property to access the Yellowstone River, at the Gardiner confluence, for the purpose of providing non-motorized guided tours and trips.
Last updated: January 18, 2022