The CUA for Painting and Photography Workshops allows the CUA holder to conduct 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.
- Photography Workshops: An organized group using an itinerary that has been packaged, priced, or sold as a guided photography instructional session. Photography Workshops embrace the scenic, cultural, and/or natural resources of Yellowstone National Park to create an instructional based experience designed to improve a photographer’s skills and/or photography techniques.
- Painting Workshops: An organized group using an itinerary that has been packaged, priced, or sold as a guided painting instruction session. During these sessions, visitors are given painting and related art instruction that embrace the scenic, cultural, and/or natural resources of Yellowstone National Park.
- Group size is limited to 15 people including guides/instructors. Multiple groups must be dispersed and may not congregate at a destination.
- The use of models, props, sets, lighting, and other specialized equipment is not allowed under this authorization. Individuals wishing to utilize models, props, sets, lighting and other specialized equipment may be required to obtain a still photography permit. For more information please visit the Film, Photography, and Sound Recording Permits - Yellowstone National Park website.
- Guides and clients may not ask other visitors to move and areas may not be closed to accommodate painting and photography workshops.
- Vehicles may not stop in the roadway to allow clients to take pictures or load and unload passengers.
- Permitted groups are sharing visitor facilities with the general public. This permit does not convey any priority use of any park areas including park trails, roadside pullouts, parking areas, picnic areas, etc. Permittees are responsible for the conduct of their clients.
- The use of tripods or any multi-legged stabilization device is authorized (except for park administrative and maintenance areas), but may not interfere with the general visiting public or with the free flow of traffic on roads, boardwalks, and trails.
- For nighttime photography, illuminating park features and landscapes in any way for the purpose of photography is not authorized due to the sensitivity of nighttime resources in Yellowstone National Park.
- Specific to Hayden Valley and Lamar Valley there is a 2-hour maximum use requirement for the utilization of any one pull-out or parking area. Parking spaces in pull-outs are available on a first-come first-served basis and cannot be blocked or saved.
- All individuals are required to comply as directed by NPS staff engaged in administering wildlife management operations or managing wildlife viewing opportunities.
- To protect park wildlife, the following are prohibited:
- Willfully approaching, remaining, viewing or engaging in any activity within 25 yards of any wildlife, except bears and wolves or when completely inside a legally positioned motor vehicle.
- Within 100 yards of bears and wolves, except when completely inside a legally positioned motor vehicle.
- Within any distance that displaces or interferes with the free unimpeded movement of any wildlife.
- Within any distance that creates or contributes to a potentially hazardous condition or situation.
- Failing to remove oneself to prescribed distances during inadvertent, accidental or surprise encounters with wildlife.
- All guides and/or drivers are required to follow speed limits and all state traffic laws.
- Non-instructional photography tours are not allowed under this CUA and requires an Environmental Education Tour or Road-Based Transportation CUA. Instruction for video filming is not allowed under this permit.
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Commercial Use Authorization for Guided Painting and Photography Workshops Operating Plan
These include biking, environmental education, tours, boating, skiing and snowshoeing, overnight backcountry, art workshops, and fishing.