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


The Commercial Use Authorization (CUA), established in 2006, replaces the Incidental Business Permit (IBP). The CUA authorizes incidental commercial visitor services that begin and end outside the park. The number of businesses authorized is currently not limited. The National Park Service Alaska Region Office of Concessions manages the CUA program for all national parks in Alaska.

  • Commercial operators interested in obtaining a CUA should complete the Commercial Use Application Form and mail it to the address on the form.
  • CUA Application Instructions can be found on the AKRO Office of Concessions, CUA website. If you have questions relating to the application, click on the link above to see the instructions for completing the CUA. If you still have questions, please contact Brenda Coleman at the NPS Anchorage Office of Concession at (907) 644-3362.
  • CUA Revocation Policy can be downloaded from the AKRO Office of Concessions, CUA website. This 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.
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