Providing Visitor Services Through CUAs

A commercial use authorization (CUA) allows you to conduct commercial activities and provide specific visitor services within a national park unit. The National Park Service (NPS) issues CUAs to manage a wide-range of commercial visitor services. Depending on the park, a CUA can allow: 

  • guided mountaineering or backpacking;
  • bike tours;
  • kayak trips;
  • photography workshops;
  • scuba diving classes;
  • fishing trips; etc.

A CUA is required if you provide any goods, activities, services, agreements, or other function for park visitors that:

  • take place at least in part on lands managed by the NPS,
  • use park resources, and
  • result in compensation, monetary gain, benefit, or profit to you.

The links below include information to get you started if you want to apply for a CUA and tools to help current CUA holders.

Public Health Information for Park Partners 

Click above to access the latest public health information related to commercial use authorization operations during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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Applying for a CUA

Explore the CUA application process and find information about available CUA opportunities

A guided pedicab tour in front of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington DC

CUA Fees

Understand why the NPS requires fees for CUAs

Horseback riders in a meadow on a guided tour in Grand Teton National Park.

CUA Insurance

Learn about the types of insurance and coverage amounts required for CUAs

Two people on a guided bear viewing trip in Katmai National Park

Required Reports

Find out about the required reports all CUA holders must submit

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CUA Law and Policy

Know which laws and NPS policies apply to the CUA program

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Road-based Commercial Tour CUAs

Understand CUA requirements and fees for road-based commercial tours

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CUA News

Get CUA program updates and find available CUA opportunities

Last updated: March 8, 2021