Guided Painting and Photography Workshops CUA

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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.

General Provisions

  1. Definitions
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
  2. Group size is limited to 15 people including guides/instructors. Multiple groups must be dispersed and may not congregate at a destination.
  3. 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 Film, Photography, and Sound Recording Permits.
  4. Guides and clients may not ask other visitors to move and areas may not be closed to accommodate painting and photography workshops.
  5. Impeding traffic or causing unnecessary delays in traffic is prohibited. Vehicles may not stop in the roadway to
    allow clients to take pictures or load and unload passengers.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. All individuals are required to comply as directed by NPS staff engaged in administering wildlife management operations or managing wildlife viewing opportunities.
  11. All guides and/or drivers are required to follow speed limits and all state traffic laws.
  12. All guides are required to hold a current CPR and first aid certification.
  13. 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.

How to apply for this CUA activity

  1. Complete CUA application packets should be submitted via email to
  2. Complete application packets include the documents listed below (click on the blue links below to download each document):
  3. If your application is missing any components listed above, we will inform you via the email address or phone number listed on the application. Any incomplete applications will be placed on hold until all required documentation is received.
  4. Once your application packet has been reviewed and approved, we will send the CUA, NPS Form 10-115, via the email address listed on the application.
  5. The CUA holder will then sign and return the CUA form(s) to The CUA is not final until the signed form(s) are received by our office.
  6. Submit a guide card request for any guides/employees that will be entering the park under this CUA at least two weeks prior to their first trip in the park.
  7. Complete and submit Annual Report Forms—Due by January 31st following the operating year.

Last updated: January 18, 2022

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