Commercial Use Authorizations

A Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) is a permit that authorizes suitable commercial services to park area visitors in limited circumstances. A CUA may be issued only to authorize services that:

  1. Are determined to be an appropriate use of the park;
  2. Will have minimal impact on park resources and values; and
  3. Are consistent with the purpose for which the park was established, as well as all applicable management plans, park policies and regulations.

The following commercial activities are authorized in Death Valley National Park and will require a commercial use authorization:

(If your service/activity is not listed above, please contact the Office of Special Park Use.)

NEW IN 2015

Applications for 2015 Commercial Use Authorizations are currently being accepted. Please do not use forms, instructions or checklists from previous years. Please send your completed CUA package either electronically or via regular mail or courrier service along with a general liability insurance certificate listing the United States as additional insured in the amount of $1,000,000 in US funds, and an application fee of $210.00 (Make checks payable to Untied States of America/National Park Service) and mail to the address below; or to pay by credit card call our office at 760-786-3241 to obtain a permit number and then go to:

Office of Special Park Use
Death Valley National Park
PO Box 579
Death Valley, CA 92328


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Download the items listed below to apply for 2015 CUA activities.

CUA holders from 2014 are required to submit a Year end-Report which is due when all trips have been completed for 2014 but no later than January 15, 2015. Reports can be returned with 2015 application package or e-mailed to:our office. When we receive your package we will notify you via email that it has been received. Your application will then be processed in the order it was received. Due to staffing shortages application processing may take longer than in previous years, please be patient and plan on at least 60 days for processing. If you have not received an email notifying you of receipt of your package within 2 weeks, please contact our office via e-mail.

If you add activities during the calendar year please submit a Supplemental Activity Report form to the Office of Special Park Use at least 7 days prior to your visit.



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