Commercial Use Authorization For Guided Interpretive Day Hiking Operating Plan

General Provisions

  1. The CUA for Day Hiking allows the CUA holder to conduct guided interpretative day hiking on trails greater than ½ mile
  2. Overnight backcountry use is not an authorized use under this CUA.
  3. A day-hiking CUA is not required if only walking on boardwalks in the geyser basins. (Refer to the Operating Plan for Road-Based Interpretive Tours.)
  4. CUA holders are encouraged to stay on designated trails. All off-trail travel must be reported in the monthly use reports (see reporting requirements). Specific areas may be closed to off-trail travel if impacts are noted.
  5. CUA holders are limited to three groups per day. Maximum group size is 15, excluding guide. Each group must be dispersed a minimum of 60 minutes apart and groups may not congregate at a destination. Group size may increase with written permission from the park.
  6. One guide on each trip must have previous, relevant outdoor experience including previous experience on the trails and /or area they are guiding.
  7. The guide for any trip, within the park, must have a basic knowledge of map reading, and must have a topographic map for the area of their trip. It is recommended the guide have a compass and knowledge of compass use.
  8. Each guide must carry a minimum of one can of bear spray. Bear spray for clients is recommended.
  9. The CUA holder must abide by the Food Storage and Food Sanitation Guidelines found Yellowstone Special Conditions on the Commercial Use Authorization.
  10. For further backcountry guidelines and regulations, please refer to the information provided in "Beyond Road's End" available in any Backcountry Office.

Last updated: January 6, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168



Contact Us