The National Park Service requires specific authorizations for commercial businesses to operate in national parks, usually in the form of a Commercial Use Authorization.
2021 Commercial Vehicle Occupancy Standards
Based on CDC guidance, The Department of the Interior and National Park Service (NPS) have determined that the physical distancing standards outlined in the DOI COVID-19 Workplace Safety Plan are not practicable on park transportation systems. The National Park Service (NPS) has recently issued new guidance requiring the lifting of social distancing measures on transportation systems.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the requirements listed below are currently in place for all Commercial Use Authorization holders applying for and operating under a Commercial Use Authorization in Yellowstone National Park.
If you have any questions or concerns, please email us or call the Concessions Management Office at 307-344-2320.
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.
Services Not Permitted
These types of commercial services are prohibited in Yellowstone National Park. These services are not allowed through the Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) Program or authorized under any other permit in Yellowstone National Park:
What Activities are Authorized in Yellowstone Through a CUA?
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: June 3, 2021