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    Kobuk Valley

    National Park Alaska

Doing Business With The Park

Commercial Visitor Services

Engaging in or soliciting any business in a national park requires a contract or other written authorization from the National Park Service. If you are interested in doing business in Kobuk Valley National Park but are unsure of the type of authorization you need, please contact us directly or contact the Alaska Regional Concessions Office.

Commercial Use Authorizations

A Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) authorizes suitable commercial services to park area visitors in limited circumstances. The term of a CUA may not exceed 2 years and no preferential right of renewal or similar provisions for renewal may be provided. Most commercial activity within the park takes place under this type of authorization. Contact the Alaska Regional Concessions Office to apply or make changes to a CUA. For questions regarding specific park operations, please contact us directly.

Special Use Permit

Non-profit organizations bringing visitors should apply for a special use permit at least one month prior to your visit. To apply for a special use permit, email or call Dan Stevenson in the Kotzebue office.

Concession Contract

Some commercial services offered in national parks are provided through formal concessions contracts which are solicited and selected through a competitive process. For more information about this type of permit in national parks of this region, visit the Concession Contracts page for the Alaska Regional Office.

Did You Know?

Image of round, snow-capped mountains are reflected perfectly in the calm blue waters of the Kobuk River.

River drainages on the north side of the Kobuk River in Kobuk Valley National Park support a healthy chum salmon run. River drainages on the south side of the Kobuk are better suited for whitefish species such as sheefish that can weigh 60 pounds.