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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 the National Park area,
  • 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 visitor center.


Changes for 2018

  • New Commercial Use Authorization conditions
  • New 2018 application form
  • Entrance fees may change on a national level.
  • For questions or comments, call 435-719-2123 or email us.

Authorized Services

Hovenweep National Monument authorizes the following commercial services with an approved Commercial Use Authorization:

Road-based Commercial Tours

Non-road-based Tours

You must have a separate CUA for each individual service.


How much does a CUA cost?

The annual processing fee is $300 per CUA. For example, if you apply for a Tours & Transportation CUA and a Still Photography Instruction CUA, you will submit $600 with your application. The fee is non-refundable, so please read the conditions (use links above) for the commercial service(s) you intend to offer before submitting your application package.

This fee covers 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?

Applications must be received by March 15, 2018.
Due to the high volume of applicants, we are still processing applications.

Step 1

  • Download and complete the CUA application [658k PDF]
  • A single application can be used to request CUA(s) for each of the following parks: Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Natural Bridges National Monument, and Hovenweep National Monument.

Step 2

  • Pay a non-refundable fee of $300 for each type of commercial service you are providing.
  • Applicants should submit payments via only. Do not send checks; they will be returned. To make a payment:
    • Search for "SEUG" in the search window.
    • Payment will be made at: Canyonlands and Arches National Park Commercial Use Authorization - click on "continue to the form."
    • Do not enter a permit number (not applicable).
    • Enter a total dollar amount of $300 for each commercial service in each park you are applying for.
    • Save your payment confirmation; you will submit this with your application.
    • For more information view payment instructions [731k PDF]

Step 3

Submit the following to the commercial services email address listed in the application document. If you have questions, please call 435-719-2123.

  1. Your completed CUA application
  2. Payment confirmation. Include the confirmation of payment.
  3. A current General Liability Certificate of Insurance documenting adequate General Liability coverage for the type of activity you will be conducting. The minimum coverage for commercial use is $1,000,000. The insurance certificate must name the United States of America as an additional insured as well as specify that the service authorized by the permit is covered by the insurance policy.
  4. Current automobile liability insurance that complies with the minimum coverage required by Utah State law. The insurance certificate must name the United States of America as additional insured. See CUA conditions above for minimums.
  5. Copies of CPR/First cards for guides of non-road-based CUA activities. At least one guide in each day-use, non-road-based CUA group must have a American Red Cross Standard First Aid Card or its equivalent and a current CPR card in his/her possession while in the park. Copies of those cards must be sent in with your application. Road-based tours do not need to have a guide with first aid or CPR card.

Incomplete packages cannot be processed.


How long does it take to get a CUA?

Please allow 20 working days to process a CUA application. We review applications in the order they are received.


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.

Download Form 10-660 - CUA Annual Report [643k Word Document]


Changes for the 2019 Season

Beginning October 1, 2019, entrance fees will change to $15 per person for all road-based commercial tour operators and all non-road-based CUA holders. The fee for all CUA applications will be $300 non-refundable.

The park is reevaluating the Tours and Transportation CUA. For the 2019 season, we may offer a Tours CUA and a Tours and Transportation CUA.


Sample Acknowledgement of Risk Form

CUA holders may not require clients to sign a waiver of liability statement or form, insurance disclaimer and/or indemnification agreement. They may request or require clients to sign an acknowledgement of risk statement or form prior to participation. You can download a sample. [23k PDF]

Last updated: May 3, 2018

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