Monthly Archives: January 2010

Reminder: Operational Changes to Backcountry Permitting Procedures – date posted Jan 13, 2010

The National Park Service will be making operational changes to the backcountry permitting system and placing a moratorium on the number of commercial use authorizations (CUAs) issued for guided backpacking services in Grand Canyon National Park.

Starting February 1, 2010, only written requests will be considered during the fourth-month-out. Written requests may be submitted by fax, by letter, or by hand delivery. Regardless of how they are submitted, written requests will be considered based on the date on which they are received, and all of the requests received by 5:00 p.m. on the first day of the fourth-month-out will be placed in random order by computer and considered in that new order before the next day’s requests receive consideration.

After February 1, 2010, in-person verbal permit requests will only be considered for start dates one to three months out.

In addition to this operational change to the backcountry permitting system, a moratorium has been placed on the number of CUAs issued for guided backpacking services. This moratorium has been put into effect until park managers can better understand and adapt to growing demand for CUAs.

Additional information regarding the upcoming February 1, 2010 change can be found at

The press release announcing this change was released on November 20, 2009 and is located in the News Release section of this website.