Commercial Use Authorizations

The Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) program authorizes the provision of suitable commercial services to park area visitors, as long as three conditions are met: the services (a) will have minimal impact on the 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 Superintendent grants CUAs to businesses when there are no fixed commercial facilities within a national park area; the commercial activity originates and terminates outside the park; no money changes hands on park lands; and no commercial solicitation occurs on park lands.

CUA permits are available for the following activities:

  • Commercial Interpretive Services (limited trail use)
  • Bicycle Tours
  • Photography or Painting Workshops
  • Taxi and Recreational Shuttle Services
  • Motorcycle Tours
  • Rental RV Delivery

A business wishing to do any of these activities must procure a CUA in advance and follow the terms and conditions of the authorization. A Zion CUA is valid for one calendar year. Various liability insurance and first aid requirements must be met in order to receive a permit.
Before applying for a CUA please read the 2016 letter to applicants.

Download the necessary documents for each type of permit below. Return the signed application, and accompanying documentation as listed on the application to (permits must be submitted at least three weeks ahead of time to receive consideration):

zion_commercialservices@nps.gov
Subject: Commercial Use Authorization Program

USPS/FEDEX/UPS Address
Zion National Park –Concession Office
SR 9
Springdale, UT 84767

General Documents
2016 Interpretive Background Information
2015 Attachment D Annual Survey
2016 Attachment D Annual Survey

Commercial Interpretive Services
This commercial service is defined as natural or cultural resource information provided by a designated leader to a specified group of people. Limited trail use is allowed under this authorization. Groups may consist of 16 to 50 people (Level 2) or 15 or fewer people (Level 3).

2016 Levels 2 and 3 Summary
2016 CUA Application
2016 Attachment A General Provisions
2016 Attachment B Interpretation Operating Plan
2016 Attachment C Trip Itinerary
2016 Attachment E Entrance Station Information Form
2016 Interpretive Quiz
2016 Guide Fact Sheet

Bicycle Tours
This commercial service allows groups of bicyclists accompanied by a leader to ride through designated portions of Zion National Park.
2016 CUA Application
2016 Attachment A General Provisions
2016 Attachment B Commercial Bicycle Tours Special Conditions
2016 Attachment C Trip Itinerary

Photography or Painting Workshops
Photography and painting workshops are allowed to give technical and artistic instruction on composition of photographs and paintings related to the unique and cultural resources protected in Zion National Park.
2016 CUA Application
2016 Attachment A General Provisions
2016 Attachment B Photo/Painting Workshop Operating Plan
2016 Attachment C Trip Itinerary
2016 Attachment E Entrance Station

Recreational Shuttle Services
Commercial shuttle service is authorized for the point-to-point pick-up and drop-off of passengers in Zion National Park at designated parking areas, pullouts, and developed areas.

2016 CUA Application
2016 Attachment A General Provisions
2016 Attachment B Taxi-Shuttle Operating Plan
2016 Attachment C Trip Itinerary

Motorcycle Tours

This commercial service allows groups of motorcyclists accompanied by a leader to ride through designated portions of Zion National Park.

2016 CUA Application
2016 Attachment A General Provisions
2016 Attachment B Commercial Motorcycle Tours Operating Plan
2016 Attachment C Trip Itinerary

Rental RV Delivery
This commercial service allows companies to deliver rental recreational vehicles/camper trailers/motorhomes to visitor-reserved sites in Watchman Campground.
2016 CUA Application
2016 Attachment A General Provisions
2016 Attachment B Trailer Delivery Operating Plan
2016 Attachment C Trip Itinerary

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Zion National Park
1 Zion Park Blvd.
State Route 9

Springdale, UT 84767

Phone:

(435) 772-3256
The park information office is open between 8 am and 4 pm Mountain Time everyday.

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