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Commercial Use Authorizations

What is a Commercial Use Authorization?

A Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) is a business permit with the National Park Service. It authorizes you to conduct commercial activities and to provide specific visitor services within a national park. We will only issue CUAs for activities that:

You must have a CUA if you or your organization provide services that:

  • take place at least in part in Dinosaur National Monument,
  • use park resources, and
  • result in monetary gain.

You may not conduct commercial activities in the park without a valid CUA or in a manner inconsistent with the terms of the CUA. You must carry a complete copy of your Commercial Use Authorization with you at all times while operating in the park. Show the CUA at the entrance station fee booth or visitor center.


Authorized Services

Dinosaur National Monument authorizes the following commercial services with an approved Commercial Use Authorization (CUA). You must have a separate CUA for each individual service.

Vehicle Shuttles

CUA Application
Required Documentation
  • Copy of a valid driver license of all shuttle drivers operating within Dinosaur National Monument on file in the River Office.
  • Copies of proper insurance minimums.

Passenger Shuttles

CUA Application
Required Documentation
  • Copies of valid driver license and/or CDL of shuttle drivers operating within Dinosaur National Monument on file in the River Office
  • Copies of proper insurance minimums.

Equipment Rental

CUA Application

Additional Services

Additional commercial services may be authorized upon request such as for guided interpretive hikes or photography instruction. These requests will first be reviewed by monument management. Download and submit the standard CUA Application.


How much does a CUA cost?

Dinosaur National Monument 2017 CUA Fees Cost
Application Fee – Due with application $200.00
Administrative Fee – Due when authorization is signed $300.00
Management Fee – Due with annual report $160.00

Fees are non-refundable. Applicants can send in a check with their application or we can process a credit card over the phone.

Fees cover the processing and administering of your CUA. It includes costs for overseeing the operational, safety, and environmental requirements stipulated in the permit. Up to two hours of incidental monitoring by field rangers is included in this fee. If problems should arise during your time in the park, which requires additional monitoring by ranger staff, you will be billed for those costs.

The CUA fees are determined by a cost analysis in compliance with the 2005 Interim Guidelines for CUAs. This guidance authorizes the National Park Service to recover, at a minimum, associated management and administrative costs associated with CUAs.


How do I apply for a CUA?

Step 1
Download and complete the appropriate CUA application.

Step 2
Submit your application and the required documentation with the non-refundable application fee of $200.00 to the address listed on the form. You may also call the Commercial Use Coordinator at (970) 374-3020 to submit your payment by credit card.

What are the reporting requirements?

CUA holders must submit an annual report each year. This report is due at the end of season. This report provides the park with visitation statistics, reportable injury data, and a record of annual gross receipts.

Last updated: March 16, 2017

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