Doing Business with the Park

This page is primarily for people interested in, or currently conducting business in the park. If you are interested in visiting the park, please see the section on the website for planning a visit.

Businesses in Denali


Approximately 80 companies provide a wide variety of commercial visitor services in Denali National Park and Preserve. These services are limited to those companies having specific authorization, usually in the form of a Concession Contract or Permit or Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) (previously called Incidental Business Permit). In Denali National Park and Preserve, as in all national parks, commercial business activities are limited and require specific authorization and approval from the National Park Service before any guided activity or business can occur.

You will find that some businesses can conduct activities in only specific areas of Denali. There are references to Wilderness areas, park areas, and preserve areas. These distinct sections of Denali can be seen on various park maps.

Check out a list of authorized guiding services in Denali, as well as a listing of summer park ranger programs available.
 

Doing Business in National Parks Throughout Alaska


Commercial Use Authorizations (CUA)


A CUA authorizes incidental commercial visitor services that begin and end outside the park. The number of businesses authorized is currently not limited.

  • Commercial operators interested in obtaining a CUA should read the park CUA Handbook and complete the Commercial Use Application Form, which then is mailed to the address on the form.
  • The CUA Revocation Policy provides guidelines about suspending, restricting, or revoking Commercial Use Authorizations.
  • Non-profits interested in acquiring a CUA should contact us.
  • Note: The process for acquiring and managing a CUA will change for the 2018 season. Read up on the future of CUAs in Denali.
 

Do Your Guides Have All the Info They Need?


If you guide clients in Denali, they'll likely ask you some of the same questions they ask our rangers. Dig into our suggested reading for guides, which includes topics like how to conduct meaningful guided programs (hikes, talks, etc); primary resources for learning about park history; general natural historiy information; and more!

Last updated: February 12, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 9
Denali Park, AK 99755

Phone:

(907) 683-9532
A ranger is available 9 am - 4 pm daily (except on major holidays). If you get to the voicemail, please leave a message and we'll call you back as soon as we finish with the previous caller.

Contact Us