Approved CUA Services and Stipulations For Glacier Bay

The National Park Service will only issue CUAs for commercial activities and visitor services that:

  • are determined to be an appropriate use of Glacier Bay;

  • will have minimal impact on Glacier Bay’s resources and values; and
  • are consistent with Glacier Bay's purpose, management plans, policies, and regulations.
Air Taxi Service Provider on Snowy Mountain
Air Taxi operator doing a gear drop off in the Fairweather Mountains


Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve only accepts CUA applications for the following activities and services:

  • Guided Backcountry (includes multiday backpacking and mountaineering)
  • Guided Day Hiking (Bartlett Cove Developed Area Only)
  • Guided Kayaking (Glacier Bay proper-Sept 11th through May 31st, Outer Waters-Year Round)
  • Guided Winter Activities (includes multiday skiing, snowshoeing, and hiking on snow)
  • Guided Mountaineering - Fairweather Range
  • Guided Photography
  • Group Camping (Bartlett Cove Campground only)
  • Air Taxi Service
  • Boating Trips (Glacier Bay National Park Preserve only)
  • Guided Sport fishing (Marine and freshwater authorized only in Glacier Bay National Park Preserve and the section of Glacier Bay National Park along the outer coast north and west of Lituya Bay).
  • Passenger Ferry
  • Vehicle Transportation Services (ATV Ground Transportation Services in Dry Bay related to Alsek River Rafting trips)
  • Guided Alsek River Rafting
Note: Starting in 2019, Charter Vessel Operations will no longer be elegable to apply a CUA permit. NPS has designated Charter Vessel services as "nessessary and appropriate" for Glacier Bay National Park and they will now permitted under the authority of Concession Contracts.

Note: Guided Kayaking CUAs will be issued for one year only.

CUA stipulations for approved Glacier Bay services and activities

Stipulations are special conditions that apply to CUA permits. Every CUA permit issued for Glacier Bay Np & P will include stipulations for approved service. National, Regional, and Glacier Bay General Stipulations apply to all CUA permits.

Note: The following CUA activity stipulations for Glacier Bay National Park are currently being updated. For questions or assistance, please email us at Glacier Bay NP Commercial Services.

Guided Backcountry-multiday backpacking and mountaineering
Alsek River Rafting
Mountaineering-Fairweather Range
Guided Kayaking
Passenger Ferry
Guided Sportfishing
Air Taxi
Group Camping-Bartlett Cove Campground
Guided Day Hiking
Guided Winter Activities-skiing, snowshowing, hiking on snow
Guided Photography
Boating Trips
Vehicle Transportation Services

New Services

Do you have a service that you would like to provide in Glacier Bay but don't see it listed as an approved activity? Glacier Bay Commercial Services can help you determine if your service would be an appropriate for the Park. Please email us or call 907-697-2567 for additional assistance.

Last updated: October 5, 2018

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Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve
PO Box 140

Gustavus, AK 99826


(907) 697-2230

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