Commercial Use Authorizations
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. Currently Denali is issuing CUAs for one year only.
Application Period – November 1st through April 30th
A fully completed application package including insurance, fee payment, and other required documentation must be received or postmarked by the April 30th deadline.
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.
Denali National Park and Preserve only accepts CUA applications for the following activities:
2017 Letter to CUA Holders and Applicants
Dear Commercial Use Authorization Holders and Applicants:
In fall 2017, Denali National Park and Preserve will be making administrative changes to the Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) program. Applications, permitting, and payment processing currently completed by the National Park Service (NPS) Alaska Regional Office will now be completed directly through Denali National Park and Preserve. In order to better facilitate the program, Denali will change the methodology under which CUA fees are collected.
Public Law 105-391 and NPS policy require the Superintendent to charge a reasonable fee “to recover associated management and administrative costs” for CUAs. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-25 defines reasonable fee as either “market price” or “cost recovery”. Both fee collection methods are described in detail in OMB Circular A-25 and in the Denali “CUA Handbook” which has been created to provide details about these changes.
Denali currently charges a cost recovery fee, which includes an application and management fee. In 2018, Denali will change to the market price model under which an Annual Fee will be charged against gross receipts earned for services conducted within Denali National Park and Preserve.
Important information about CUA program changes:
Important information about applications and annual reporting:
For new applicants, welcome and thank you for joining in our efforts to provide meaningful experiences in Denali. For those of you returning, welcome back and thank you for your continued contributions to that effort. If you have any questions or wish for more information, we are happy to help. Please e-mail the Chief of Commercial Services or call 907-683-6390.
Chief of Commercial Services
Denali National Park and Preserve
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.
|Guided Mountaineering||Activities that involve rock, ice or snow climbing and/or glacier travel requiring the use of ropes, ice axes, harnesses, climbing hardware, crampons, specialized clothing, etc.|
|Air Taxi||Air transportation involving the drop-off and/or pick-up of visitors within park boundaries.|
|Incidental Hunt Transport||An air taxi for the carriage of big game hunters, their equipment, or big game animals harvested by hunters is only an incidental portion of its’ business. The word “incidental” means transportation provided to a big game hunter by an air taxi who does not :
(i) charge more than the usual tariff or charter rate for the carriage of bug game hunters, their equipment, or big game animals harvested by hunters; or
(ii) advertise transportation services or big game hunting services to the public. The word “advertise” means soliciting big game hunters to be customers of an air taxi operator or air carrier for the purpose of providing air transportation to, from, or in the field through the use of print or electronic media, including advertising at trade shows or the use of hunt broker services or other promotional services.
|Road-based Winter Vehicle Tours||Use of the Denali Park Road by motorized vehicle as far west as Mountain Vista Turnout to provide on-board interpretation of the park. The season begins mid-February and continues to May 10 and is weather dependent.|
Last updated: December 13, 2017