Commercial Use Authorizations
What is a Commercial Use Authorization?
A Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) is a business permit with the National Park Service. It authorizes you to conduct commercial activities and to provide specific visitor services within a national park. We will only issue CUAs for activities that:
You must have a CUA if you or your organization provide services that:
You may not conduct commercial activities in the park without a valid CUA or in a manner inconsistent with the terms of the CUA.
2022 COVID-19 CUA Guidance:
Arches National Park authorizes the following commercial services with an approved Commercial Use Authorization (CUA)
Road-based Commercial Tours
Non-road-based Commercial Activities
How much does a CUA cost?
The annual fee is $300 per CUA for each national park area listed in the application. Payment must be processed through Pay.gov.
The National Park Service is authorized to recover, associated management and administrative costs associated with CUAs. The CUA fee covers the costs of processing and administering your application as well as overseeing the operational, safety, and environmental requirements stipulated in the permit.
Do CUA holders have to pay an entrance fee?
Yes. Fees depend on the type of service you offer.
Tour CUA holders:
Current entrance fees (per vehicle) based on vehicle size:
Taxi & Trail Shuttle, Still Photography & Art Instruction, Guided Interpretive Day Hiking CUA holders:
Current entrance fees:
How do I apply for a CUA?
Submit the following to the commercial services email address listed in the application document. If you have questions, please call 435-719-2123.
Incomplete packages cannot be processed.
How long does it take to get a CUA?
Please allow 30 working days to process a CUA application. Guided Backpacking CUAs may take up to 60 days to process. We review applications in the order they are received.
What are the reporting requirements?
CUA holders are required to submit an annual report each year. Renewal CUA applications cannot be processed until your annual report is received. It is strongly encouraged to file the report as early as possible. The report is due at the end of your operating season, with a deadline of January 31.
Sample Acknowledgement of Risk Form
CUA holders may not require clients to sign a waiver of liability statement or form, insurance disclaimer and/or indemnification agreement. They may request or require clients to sign an acknowledgement of risk statement or form prior to participation. You can download a sample. [40k Word doc]
Last updated: March 24, 2022