• Olympic: Three Parks in One


    National Park Washington

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  • Olympic Hot Springs Road Closed

    The Elwha Valley's Olympic Hot Springs Road is closed to public entry beyond the Altair Campground during removal of the Glines Canyon Dam. Olympic Hot Springs is not accessible from the Elwha.

Guiding in the Park

Pacific Alpine Guides  in ONP

Guided Climb in the Olympics

Tyler Reid - Pacific Alpine Guides

Contact us if your organization employs paid staff and is planning to bring students or clients into Olympic National Park. Your organization will need a Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) or a Special Use Permit (SUP) depending on the type of organization you are with. Park staff is eager to help you share the park's unique wilderness classroom with your students or clients.

Your CUA or SUP must be finalized before you can apply for Wilderness Camping Permits.

Commercial (For-Profit) Groups

A "Commercial Use Authorization" (CUA) authorizes for-profit companies to guide clients overnight in Olympic's wilderness/backcountry. Completed applications must be received by the park's concessions office no later than May 1st each year.

CUA Application & Requirements

CUA Risk Form

Non-Profit Groups

If your organization is a school, college or is a 501(c)3 or other non-profit your group will need to obtain a Special Use Permit (SUP). Completed applications must be received by the park's concessions office no later than May 1st each year.

SUP Application & Requirements

Other Important Documents

Superintendent's Compendium



Educating students and clients in Leave No Trace ethics and practices is critical to ensure that the Olympic Wilderness will remain wild for future generations and to protect the spectacular scenery and diverse plants and animals in this unique place.

Please have your clients/students watch the Leave No Trace video prior to their trip. LNT.org also have a variety of education materials available. Ask the WIC for a DVD copy of the video.

Free on-line Leave No Trace Awareness course

Instructor-led courses area also available. LNT.org offers a variety of teaching resources as well.

All guides/instructors should be trained in Leave No Trace and well versed in specific skills and ethics for the Pacific Northwest.


Important information about reservations & quota areas:

  • All trips run by CUAs and SUPs must be made with the Wilderness Camping Permit Request form. For quota areas, reservations are taken March 15 through September 30. Reservations are not necessary in non-quota areas, but all permit itineraries must be set up using the Wilderness Camping Permit Request form. Permits must be set up through the Port Angeles WIC with this form.
  • Camping is permitted only in designated sites within quota areas (red camps on map). Groups with 7-12 persons must reserve group sites in most quota areas. See the reservations page for more information.
  • Campsites at larger camp areas are not individually assigned but are available to permit holders on a first come, first served basis.
  • In quota areas, deviation from your permit itinerary is not allowed, except in cases of emergency.
  • In other areas (brown campsites on Trip Planner Map), permits are not limited. CUAs and SUPs are still required to make these permits through the Port Angeles WIC with the Wilderness Camping Permit Request form.
  • Bear canisters are the only method of food storage for CUAs and SUPs. Bear cans are not reservable. Although these are loaned at some ranger stations, most of these will not have sufficient bear canisters for large groups.

Wilderness Camping Permit Form Notes:

  • Please re-read your CUA or SUP before making your itinerary. Check to make sure you are following the requirements of your CUA/SUP.
  • Your CUA or SUP must be completed and signed by the park superintendent before you send Wilderness Camping permit requests.
  • You must send copies of CPR and First Aid cards to the Concessions Office and the WIC at least 30 days prior to the start of each trip. Food Handler's Permits are also required for staff who cook for clients/students. You must also bring those medical certifications with you on your trip. A permit will not be issued to groups with staff without physical proof of their valid certifications.
  • Staff names must be listed on the Permit Request form with the expiration dates of their medical certifications.
  • Permit requests are due 2 weeks prior to the start date of trips. Permit requests received with less notice may not be processed due to limited staffing. Without the permit, the trip may not be run.
  • Each group must include at least one staff member for each eight clients/students (1:8) and a minimum of 2 staff for 8-10 clients/students, with a maximum group size of 12 persons.
  • Do not submit form via both fax and mail. Submit only once.
  • Do not call to verify that we received your fax. If you do not receive a confirmation after one week, you may email us to verify that we received your request.
  • Forms for SUP groups submitted without payment information will be discarded.
  • Be sure to use the "Camp Area Map" names when you list your campsites
  • If you are doing more than one trip (i.e. 2 nights at Cape Alava then 2 nights at Moose Lake) you will need to submit separate forms for each trip.
  • If you are staying in red and brown camp areas on the same hike, please include the brown camps (the full itinerary) when you send in your reservation.
  • Wilderness Permit fees are non-refundable.
  • If you are an SUP, use the Fee Amount table below to calculate your fee. Do not add $5 to those amounts. They already include the $5 registration fee.
  • DO NOT submit the form via email if it includes credit card information. This is not a secure means of transmitting a credit card number.
  • You will receive a reply via email as soon as we process your form or if we have questions or your trip is not possible due to lack of availability. Please be sure to check your email.
  • Please do not send cover letters/pages with faxed forms.

Permit Request Form

Supplemental Form for Long Itineraries

Camp Area Map

Wilderness Use Fee Amounts Use this!

Did You Know?

rocky beach

Olympic National Park protects 73 miles of wild Pacific coast. Tidepools, sandy beaches and rocky cliffs can all be found here.