Service-based CUAs

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Yellowstone National Park currently issues service-based CUAs for the following activities. Please select a service-based CUA for a detailed operating plan.
RVs and other vehicles parking along a street.

Towing and Automotive Services

Authorizes CUA holders to provide towing, tire repair, locksmith, and RV and RV appliance repair services.

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Water Access

Allows the CUA holder to access the Yellowstone River through NPS property.


Service-based CUA Requirements and Fees

The authorization is issued to an operator to permit the provision of suitable commercial services to park area visitors. The superintendent determines if an operator has the ability to satisfactorily provide visitor services and carry out the terms of the CUA.

The superintendent determines that the commercial services are “suitable”; that is they (a) will have minimal impact on park area’s resources and values; (b) are consistent with the purposes for which the park area was established; and, (c) are consistent with all applicable park area management plans, policies, and regulations.

The holder must agree to comply with all of the general and specific conditions described in the CUA conditions and operating plans. You should familiarize yourself with these documents before applying for a CUA.

All service-based CUAs are issued for up to a two-year period. The CUA operating year is from January 1 to December 31.
Applications will be accepted beginning October 1st of the year prior to the operating year and will be accepted throughout the operating year. Please submit complete application packets 45 days before your first trip in the park.

All service-based CUA activities require a $150 non-refundable application fee.

The CUA holder is responsible for maintaining accounting records that demonstrate evidence of gross receipts. NPS may audit CUA holder financial reports at any time.

National Park Service Policy requires the Superintendent to charge a reasonable fee for CUAs. The park retains such fees to help pay for the cost of the CUA program, including administration, evaluations, monitoring, and training.
Annual Financial Reports, which cover the operating year and require reporting of gross receipts and visitors served for each month of that year, are due by January 31st following the end of the operating year. A separate Financial Report is required for each activity a CUA holder has a CUA for. Annual Financial Reports will be available by October 1st of each operating year.
Commercial Use Authorization applicants and holders must make all payments for application fees and management fees through
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Request Guide Cards

Guide cards will be sent to the CUA holder when all required documents have been received.

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Resources for Commercial Guides

Download or review resources for anyone who may routinely work with visitors to Yellowstone National Park.

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Commercial Use Authorizations (CUAs)

The National Park Service requires specific authorizations for commercial businesses to operate in the national parks.

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Road-based Tours

Traveling by vehicle on an itinerary that someone has packaged and sold for leisure purposes and provide no other services.

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Apply for a CUA

Here is everything you need to know about submitting a CUA application.

Last updated: November 5, 2021

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Yellowstone National Park , WY 82190-0168



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