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 Plan Your Visit section.
Approximately, 80 companies provide a wide variety of commercial visitor services in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. These services are limited to those companies having specific authorization, usually in the form of a Concession Contract or Commercial Use Authorization (CUA). Federal regulations prohibit engaging in or soliciting any business in park areas, except in accordance with the provisions of a permit, contract, or other written agreement with the United States. As in other National Park Service areas, commercial visitor services or other commercial activities may be provided only by those holding an authorization from the United States.
A concessions operation is a way of providing commercial visitor services such as food, lodging, and retail through a third party (concessioner) within a national park. These services, provided through the use of concession contracts, must be necessary and appropriate for visitor use and enjoyment. Concession contracts are generally valid for 10 years or less but can extend for as many as 20 years. Concession contracts specify the range of facilities accommodation, and services types the concessioner agrees to offer. The rates the concessioner can charge for these services are approved by the National Park Service and must be comparable to those under similar conditions outside the park.
Commercial Use Authorization
Commercial use authorizations (CUAs) are granted to private businesses to permit small-scale commercial activities. CUAs may be issued to authorize services that:
- Are determined to be an appropriate use of the park;
- Will have minimal impact on park resources and values; and
- Are consistent with the purpose for which the unit was established, as well as all applicable management plans, park policies, and regulations.
The Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) authorizes incidental commercial visitor services that begin and end outside the park. The number of businesses authorized is currently not limited. The NPS Alaska Region Commercial Services Office currently manages the CUA program for Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. To find more information on the CUA program visit Alaska Region Information website.
Commercial Filming and Photography PermitsPermits are required for most commercial filming and photography within Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. More information, including an application, on a permit is available here: Commercial Filming Permits
For additional information on Doing Business with the Park, please contact the Commercial Service Office by e-mail or telephone (907) 697-2230 for more information.
A brief overview of the commercial visitor services offered in the park and preserve may be found below.