Doing Business With The Park

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Commercial Use Authorizations

Guided camping, photography, driving, and hiking tours must all be permitted to do business in Death Valley National Park.


Commercial Use Authorizations

Commercial Use Authorizations (CUA) may be issued in the following conditions:

  1. A person who the superintendent deems qualified may provide suitable commercial services to
    park area visitors.
  2. Suitable commercial services are services that:
  • will have minimal impact on the park area’s resources and values;
  • are consistent with the purposes for which the park area was established; and,
  • are consistent with all applicable park area management plans, policies and regulations;
  1. For in-park services, the annual gross receipts must be less than $25,000; at this time, Death Valley does not issue in-park CUA’s.
  2. For out-of-park services there is no limit on the gross receipts. Gross receipts must be reported accurately on a CUA Annual Report and returned to the park no later than the 15th of January of the year following services.
  3. Death Valley currently issues CUA’s for the following activities; if your activity is not listed below please contact the Office of Special Use Permits to obtain a permit for another type of activity.
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Special Use Permits

Weddings, commercial activities and tours, sporting events, and more require a permit.

Special Use Permits

A Special Use Permit (SUP) is required for activities that provide a benefit to an individual, group, or organization, rather than the public at large, and that require some degree of management from the National Park Service in order to protect park resources and the public interest. The links below will provide additional information and applications:

Safety Assessment and Recommendations Report- August 2014
All sporting events to be held after May 1, 2015 must abide by the Safety Assessment conditions and timeline. Please note that this means a sporting event application must be received a minimum of 120 days in advance of the requested date.

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Commercial Filming and Photography

Commercial filming or photography requires a filming permit. This does not include personal or breaking news.

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Research Permits

To apply for a scientific research and collecting permit, visit the NPS Research Permit and Reporting System website.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 579
Death Valley, CA 92328


(760) 786-3200

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