This page provides information about Commercial Use Authorizations (CUAs) at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. General information about CUAs in the National Park Service (NPS) can be found at the NPS CUA page.
A Wilderness CUA is required for commercial activities within Congressionally-designated wilderness in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (the Sequoia - Kings Canyon Wilderness). See the "CUA Holder Reference Materials" at the bottom of this page for how to view the wilderness boundary and the boundary of the Mount Whitney Management Area.
The parks have authorized a limited number of CUAs valid for a two-year period, from January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2023. The list of currently authorized wilderness commercial guiding service providers can be found here.
A Front-Country CUA is required for commercial activities conducted within front-country, non-wilderness portions of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (SEKI). See the "CUA Holder Reference Materials" at the bottom of this page for how to view the boundary of the designated wilderness.
Other activities are not authorized at this time.
If you are interested in applying for a Front-Country CUA, complete the Front-Country CUA Application and submit it to the Commercial Services office. If you have questions about Front-Country CUAs, please email the Commercial Services Office.
The National Park Service defines Road-Based Commercial Tours as one or more persons traveling on an itinerary that someone has packaged, priced or sold for leisure/recreational purposes and provides no other services except those incidental to road-based travel in a NPS area (on-board interpretation and incidental stops at visitor centers, restaurants, wayside exhibits, etc.).
The National Park Service (NPS) has withdrawn plans to implement a standard, nationwide CUA requirement for road-based commercial tours and will not increase commercial tour entrance fees. Road-based commercial tour operators should visit the NPS CUA webpage for additional information.
Road-based commercial tour CUAs are not required at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks at this time. However, if a road-based tour involves out-of-vehicle guided activities such as guided day hikes, a Front-Country CUA may be required for those guided activites. See above for information about Front-Country CUAs, including a list of allowed activities.
Please see our Fees and Passes page for information on commercial tour group vehicle and passenger capacity fees. Note that commercial vehicle entrance fees can only be paid at an entrance station, not in advance, via credit card or cash. Except for vehicles with a capacity of six or fewer passengers, entrance fees are based on passenger capacity, not occupancy. As such, a commercial vehicle with capacity of 7+ passengers that is empty except for the driver will pay the same entrance fee as a full vehicle.
If you have questions about Road-Based Commercial Tours in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, contact the Commercial Services Office via email.
FAQ for CUA Reporting
Forms for Wilderness CUA Holders
Forms For Non-Stock Wilderness CUAs
Forms For Stock Wilderness CUAs
Annual Report Forms
Stock CUA Resources
Forms for Front-Country CUA Holders
Operational Information for CUA Holders
CUA Training Resources
Last updated: June 23, 2022