The National Park Service is required to manage special park uses, including special events like weddings and commercial use, like guided tours or businesses that operate within the park boundaries. A special park use is defined as a short-term activity that takes place in a park area that
-provides a benefit to an individual, group, or organization rather than the public at large;
-requires written authorization and some degree of management control from NPS in order to protect park resources and the public interest;
-is not prohibited by law or regulation;
-is not initiated, sponsored, or conducted by the NPS; and
-is not managed under a concession contract, a recreation activity for which the NPS charges a fee, or a lease.
Below, you will find pages for common activities in the park that require a special use permit.