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Mount Rainier National Park accepting Commercial Use Authorization Applications starting September 1, 2023

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Date: June 7, 2023
Contact: Josh Boisvert, Concessions Management Specialist, 253-392-5424

Superintendent Greg Dudgeon announced today that the park will accept Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) applications starting September 1, 2023, and Special Use Permits in lieu of Commercial Use Authorizations (SUPilCUA) applications starting October 1, 2023.The application for commercial permits is now available for download on the park’s Commercial Services website. Please read through the application instructions, including all associated attachments before applying. Application periods, based upon activity type, for CUAs are as follows:

Commercial Use Authorizations (CUA) 

  • Starting September 1, 2023, the CUA program will begin accepting applications for:
    • 2024-2025 Single Trip Guided Climbing (15)
    • 2024-2025 Photography & Art Workshop (20)
  • Starting September 1, 2024, the CUA program will begin accepting applications for:
    • 2025-2026 Guided Backpacking (5)
    • 2025-2026 Guided Bicycle Tours (5)
    • 2025-2026 Drive-in Campground Use (10)
    • 2025-2026 Guided Day Hiking (20)
  • Starting March 1, 2025, the CUA program will begin accepting applications for:
    • Winter 2025 – Winter 2027 Guided Winter Day and Overnight Use (7)

The park will only accept online applications. Application submissions will be accepted via email at A complete application must have an emailed timestamp within the respective month for consideration in either the first-level evaluation or second-level 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 of 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 beginning of the following month. The park will accept applications September 1 - 30, 2023, for the first evaluation round. If there are still CUAs available after the September round, there will be a second evaluation of applications received October 1 - 31, 2023.

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

Special Use Permits in lieu of a Commercial Use Authorization (SUPilCUA)

Special Use Permits in lieu of Commercial Use Authorizations (SUPilCUA) will be accepted starting October 2023 for use in 2024. The SUPilCUA is for non-profit and government entities offering commercial services within Mount Rainier National Park. Any organized group in which participants exchange money and/or employees are compensated for a service, program, or product 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.

Submission of the application, including payment of the application fee, must be received no earlier than October 1, 2023. SUPilCUA applicants must use the park’s CUA Application Form 10-550 and email completed application packet to Applications must be submitted electronically via email. These annual permits will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis. The SUPilCUA program will continue to issue a limited number of permits, following the park’s Commercial Services Plan. Once limits have been reached, applications may be considered on a case-by-case basis as determined by capacity.

  • Starting October 1, 2023, the SUP in lieu of a CUA program will begin accepting applications for:
    • 2024 Guided Backpacking (5)
    • 2024 Guided Bicycle Tours (5)
    • 2024 Winter and Overnight Use (5)
    • 2024 Single Trip Guided Climbing (10)
    • 2024 Photography and Art Courses (5)
    • 2024 Drive-in Campground Use (5)
    • 2024 Guided Day Hiking (5)

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

If you have any questions, contact or 253-392-5424.

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Last updated: June 7, 2023

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