A Special Use Permit (SUP) is required for activities that take place on park land or waters and provides a benefit to an individual, group or organization, rather than the public at large, and requires some degree of management from the National Park Service to protect park resources and the public interest.
The NPS uses SUPs to manage activities to:
- Avoid unacceptable impacts to park natural and cultural resources and park values
- Insure the safety of participants, visitors and staff
- Minimize conflict between user groups