Commercial Use Authorizations (CUAs) are limited authorizations to provide specific visitor services within the boundaries of Denali National Park and Preserve. Section 418 of the National Parks Omnibus Management Act of 1998, Public Law 105-391, authorizes the National Park Service to issue Commercial Use Authorizations (CUAs) to persons (referring to individuals, corporations, and other entities) to provide commercial services to park area visitors in limited circumstances. CUAs provide a means to authorize suitable commercial services to visitors in park areas. The CUA is used to provide for incidental use of park area resources by operators who provide commercial services originating and terminating outside of the park area (Out-of-Park-Services). The term of a CUA may not exceed two years and no preferential right of renewal or similar provisions for renewal may be provided. Starting in the 2020 season, Denali will be issuing one- and two-year CUAs. If selecting a two-year CUA, please note that Annual Activity and Annual Financial Report Forms are due at the end of the calendar year, and stipulations are updated yearly.
Application Period: November 1 to April 30
Note: The April 30th CUA Application deadline will not apply for 2020. However, please submit applications a minimum of six weeks prior to operating. Applications for 2020 may be received any time before November 1, 2020, which is the start of the 2021 application window.
Applications received or postmarked after April 30th and will not be accepted. Rare exceptions may be made if there are extenuating circumstances involved or if the application is to provide an approved service not currently offered by other commercial operators. Any request for a waiver based upon extenuating circumstances must be submitted in writing and approved by the park Superintendent.
Application Documents & Links
If you are applying for a new CUA or renewing your current CUA, please use the following links to access current forms:
Types and Descriptions of CUAs in Denali
Below is a description of possible CUAs in Denali. These "service category descriptions" are separated out by broad categories. Some refer to particular locations or trails; see our maps if you're unfamiliar with these specific areas.
Last updated: July 2, 2020