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Commercial Use Authorization

What is a Commercial Use Authorization?

A commercial use authorization (CUA) allows an individual, group, company, or other for-profit entity to conduct commercial activities and provide specific visitor services within a national park unit. Wind Cave National Park currently issues CUAs for guided horseback riding, guided bicycle tours, vending, and guided photography and hiking tours.

CUA Application Process

Processing time for a CUA permit can take up to four or more weeks depending on the time of year and applications for new services can take longer to review. Please plan accordingly. To apply for a CUA, please contact us to have the latest application sent to you. You will need to submit a completed application form and all required documents and fees as outlined in Attachments A, B, and C of the application.

Submit Your Application

Complete application packets can be mailed to:

Wind Cave National Park
Commercial Use Authorization
26611 US Hwy 385
Hot Springs, SD 57747

For more information on CUAs, please contact us.

Special Use Permits

Wind Cave National Park is a popular place for weddings and special events. Most special events and activities held in the park require a special use permit issued only after the National Park Service (NPS) determines that the activity will not cause derogation of the park's resources or values, visitor experiences, or the purpose for which the park was established. Learn more about Special Use Permits.

Filming and Photography Permits

Filming and photography permits are issued for photography, filming, and associated sound recordings when they involve props, models, professional crews, and casts or set dressings. Permits are issued to ensure the protection of resources and to prevent significant disruption of normal visitor uses. Permits are also required for access to areas normally closed to the visiting public. Learn more about Commercial Filming at Wind Cave.

Last updated: September 2, 2023

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Mailing Address:

26611 US Highway 385
Hot Springs, SD 57747


605 745-4600

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