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 1 to April 30
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:
- Guided Day Hiking—Frontcountry
- Guided Day Hiking—Backcountry
- Guided Overnight Hiking
- Group Camping—Savage River Campground
- Guided Winter Activities
- Guided Mountaineering
- Air Taxi
- Incidental Hunt Transport