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Mount Rainier National Park Accepting Commercial Use Authorization Applications Starting September 1, 2021

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Date: July 23, 2021
Contact: Elli Geis, Concessions Management Specialist, 253-307-6361


Superintendent Greg Dudgeon announced today that the park will accept Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) applications starting September 1, 2021. The CUA application is now available for download on the park’s website. Please read through the application instructions, including all associated attachments before applying. 

Commercial Use Authorizations 

  • Starting September 1, 2021, the CUA program for Mount Rainier National Park will begin accepting applications for:
    • 2022-2023 Photography and Art Courses (limit of 20)
    • 2022 Single Trip Guides Climbing (limit of 5) 
  • Starting September 1, 2022, the CUA program will begin accepting applications for:
    • 2023-2024 Guided Backpacking
    • 2023-2024 Drive-in Campground Use 
    • 2023-2024 Single Trip Guides Climbing 
    • 2023-2024 Guided Day Hiking 
    • 2023-2024 Guided Bicycle Tours
  • Starting March 1, 2023, the CUA program will begin accepting applications for:
    • November 2023 – March 2025 Guided Winter Day and Overnight Use 

The park has updated its submission process to online applications. Application submissions will be accepted by online submission only to Applications must have an emailed timestamp within the respective month for consideration in either the first evaluation or second evaluation round. 

The number of CUAs issued for each activity will continue to be limited under this program per the park’s Commercial Services Plan 2005. Potential permittees will compete for the award of permits. CUA applications will be accepted until all permits have been issued. To ensure that the most qualified operators are selected for CUAs, application evaluations will occur at the end of each month. The park will accept applications from September 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021, for the first evaluation round. If there are CUAs available after the September round, there will be a second evaluation of applications received between October 1, 2021 through October 31, 2021. 

CUA Application Form 10-550 link: Instructions for Commercial Use Authorization Application 

Special Use Permits in lieu of a Commercial Use Authorization 

Starting September 1, 2021, the Commercial Services Program will again accept Special Use Permit (SUP) applications in lieu of a Commercial Use Authorization (SUP in lieu of a CUA) applications for non-profit organizations. Any organized group in which participants exchange money and/or employees are compensated for a service within Mount Rainier National Park is required to get this permit. These organized groups include, but are not limited to non-profits, city, state, and collegiate recreational programs, government municipality and military morale, welfare, and recreation programs, or those that offer fundraising climbs. 

Applications will be reviewed in the fall of 2021 for SUP in lieu of CUA for activities to be conducted during the year 2022. Please complete the CUA Application Form 10-550 for an SUP in lieu of a CUA. These permits will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis, and are valid for one year. The SUP in lieu of a CUA program will continue to issue permits as a limited release, like CUAs. Once limits have been reached, applications may be considered on a case by case basis as determined by carrying capacity 

If you have any questions, contact the park at or 253-307-6361. 

Park information, announcements, and the Mount Rainier webcams are posted on the park’s official website, 


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