Commercial Use Authorizations
2017 Letter to CUA Holders and Applicants
Dear Commercial Use Authorization Holders and Applicants:
In fall 2018, 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 send an e-mail the Chief of Commercial Services or call 907-683-6390.
Chief of Commercial Services
Denali National Park and Preserve
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.
|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: April 10, 2017