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:
You may not conduct commercial activities in the park without a valid CUA or in a manner inconsistent with the terms of the CUA.
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Millions of visitors come to the Southeast Utah Parks each year and seek out knowledgeable guides to aid them in their experience. As a commercial guide, it is your responsibility to keep the members of your group safe while also providing a worthwhile experience. Please ensure all tour guides watch this video before taking guests into the park.
How much does a CUA cost?
The annual fee is $300 per CUA for each national park area listed in the application. Payment must be processed through Pay.gov.
The National Park Service is authorized to recover, associated management and administrative costs associated with CUAs. The CUA fee covers the costs of processing and administering your application as well as overseeing the operational, safety, and environmental requirements stipulated in the permit.
Do CUA holders have to pay an entrance fee?
Yes. Fees depend on the type of service you offer.
Tour CUA holders:
Current entrance fees (per vehicle) based on vehicle size:
Taxi & Trail Shuttle, Still Photography & Art Instruction, Guided Interpretive Day Hiking CUA holders:
Current entrance fees:
How do I apply for a CUA?
Due to the high volume of applicants, we are still processing applications.
Submit the following to the commercial services email address listed in the application document. If you have questions, call 435-719-2123.
Incomplete packages cannot be processed.
How long does it take to get a CUA?
Please allow 30 working days to process your application. We review applications in the order they are received.
What are the reporting requirements?
CUA holders are required to submit an annual report each year. Renewal CUA applications cannot be processed until your annual report is received. It is strongly encouraged to file the report as early as possible. The report is due at the end of your operating season, with a deadline of January 31.
Download Form 10-660 - CUA Annual Report [373k accessible PDF].
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. [40k Word doc]
For more questions, contact the CUA program manager at 435-719-2123.
Last updated: December 21, 2022