Businesses in these parks provide vital services for our visitors and offer economic opportunities for people in nearby communities. Federal regulations prohibit engaging in or soliciting any business in park areas, except in accordance with the provisions of a permit, contract, or other written agreement with the United States.
Concessions contractors provide certain visitor services, including overnight accommodations, food and beverage services, retail sales, recreational winter equipment rental and horseback riding and pack stock services.
Commercial Use Authorizations
Commercial Use Authorizations (CUA) are issued for all appropriate commercial services conducted by a private person, corporation, or other private entity. Non-profit and educational institutions may also require a permit under this category, depending on the type of service offered. If you'd like to operate a business here, it's likely that you'll need a commercial use authorization. These authorizations establish guidelines for protection of park landscapes and resources, especially in areas designated as wilderness. Please contact the Commercial Services Office at (559) 565-4235 or by email with questions regarding the application process or if you are interested in applying for a CUA.
Applications for a CUA to operate commercial services in SEKI wilderness were accepted during a designated "open season", beginning June 18, 2019 and ending at 11:59 p.m. PDT on October 18, 2019.
Applications for a CUA to operate in SEKI front-country are available year-round. CUAs for commercial services in the front-country are authorized for up to a 2 year period.
Road-based Commercial Tours
The NPS is standardizing the CUA requirements and fees for road-based commercial tour operators. Road-based commercial tour operators should visit the NPS CUA webpage. For more information about tour operations in SEKI or to be included on a contact list for project information and updates, email us.
In addition to the Permit Conditions located within the application, The Superintendent's Compendium presents other rules for operating within Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is a national organization that protects the outdoors by teaching and inspiring people to enjoy it responsibly. To learn more, watch a short video about Leave No Trace, or participate in a free online Leave No Trace Awareness Course.
If a CUA holder will be handling or preparing food for clients, a food handler certificate is required. Approved Online Food Handler Training is available online.
Visit the Commercial Use Authorization Holders page for a listing of current companies providing services, tours, and activities within the park.
Last updated: November 25, 2019