Commercial Use Authorizations

Mother bear and cubs fishing in a river
Bears - Katmai National Park & Preserve (NPS Photo)

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.

Through the use of approximately 300 commercial use authorizations, the National Park Service, Alaska Region provides commercial visitor services that are appropriate for public use and enjoyment.

Application Forms and Instructions for Commercial Use Authorization (CUA)

CUAs may be issued for up to (2) two years (1 year for Denali mountaineering).
View these links for:
-List of Approved Commercial Visitor Services
-Group Size Limits for Commercial Use Authorizations

  1. Checklist for Submitting CUA Applications
  2. CUA Instructions - Please read the Instructions before completing application.
  • Application for Commercial Use Authorization (Printable Version) Will be available Nov 1, 2016
  • Application for Commercial Use Authorization (Fillable Version) Will be available Nov 1, 2016
  • Supplemental Information for All CUA Applicants (required) Will be available Nov 1, 2016
  • Application for Dog Sled Freight Hauling Service in Denali; Applications Due by Sep 18
  • Denali Mountaineering (Additional Application Requirements)Will be available Nov 1, 2016
  • Amend a CUA: Request form to amend a Commercial Use Authorization
  • Kenai Fjords National Park, Supplemental Application Information - Will be available Nov 1, 2016



Reporting Forms for CUA Operators: Forms can be found at this link


Fees - CUA Fee Schedule and Payment Procedures

Fee Schedule & Instructions to pay online or other Payment Methods

Park-Specific Operating Stipulations

The NPS conditions and park-specific stipulations by which CUA Holders must operate.

General Stipulations (Applies to All Park Units)

Klondike Gold Rush NHP

Lake Clark National NP&Pr
Western Arctic National Parklands Group
(1) Bering Land Bridge NPr
(2) Cape Krusenstern NPr
(3) Noatak National Preserve
Sitka National Historical Park
Wrangell-St. Elias NP&Pr
Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve



  1. Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve
  2. (1) Glacier Bay Stips (Common to All)
  3. (2) Air Taxi Service
    (3) Alsek River Rafting
    (4) Backcountry Use
    (5) Charter Vessel
    (6) Ferry Service (Passengers)
    (7) Kayak Touring
    (8) Mountaineering
    (9) Sportfishing
    (10) Vehicle Tours
    (11) Winter Activities




MAPS (click on link to view/print maps)

Denali National Park & Preserve
Aniakchak National Monument & Preserve
Katmai, Alagnak, Aniakchak, Brooks Camp
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
Lake Clark National Park & Preserve


Doing Business With the Parks (CUA Related Info)

In addition to the Park-Specific Stipulations each park unit provides a website with additional park-specific CUA information, including park compendiums.

  • Alagnak Wild River
  • Aniakchak NM&Pr
  • Bering Land Bridge NP
  • Cape Krusenstern NPr
  • Denali NP&Pr
  • Gates of the Arctic NP&Pr
  • Glacier Bay NP&Pr
  • Katmai NP&Pr
  • Kenai Fjords NP
  • Klondike Gold Rush NHP
  • Kobuk Valley NP
  • Lake Clark NP&Pr
  • Noatak NPr
  • Sitka NHP
  • Wrangell-St. Elias NP&Pr
  • Yukon Charley Rivers NPr
  • Last Updated: September 23, 2016