The National Park Service requires specific authorizations for commercial businesses to operate in national parks, usually in the form of a Commercial Use Authorization.
What is a Commercial Use Authorization (CUA)?
Public Law 105-391, Section 418, which was signed in 1998, provides for the issuance of Commercial Use Authorizations (CUAs) to a private person, corporation, or other entity to provide suitable commercial services for park area visitors. Commercial activities are generally prohibited in National Parks unless authorized by a CUA or concessions contract.
What Activities are Authorized in Yellowstone Through a CUA?
These include biking, environmental education, boating, skiing and snowshoeing, overnight backcountry, art workshops, and fishing.
Road-based Commercial Tours
Traveling by vehicle on an itinerary that someone has packaged and sold for leisure purposes and provide no other services.
These include towing, RV repair, locksmith, water access, and wedding and portrait photography.
Remember, effective April 1, 2020, a Commercial Use Authorization is required for all Road-based Commercial Tours entering Yellowstone National Park. Conditions and fees are subject to change prior to January 1, 2020.
Application Process, Insurance, and Forms
Resources for Commercial Guides
Download or review resources for anyone who may routinely work with visitors to Yellowstone National Park.
Assembly and First Amendment Activities
Certain types of activities require a special use permit.
Film, Photography, and Sound Recording
A permit is required for commercial filming, photography, and audio recording.
Last updated: October 8, 2019