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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:

  • take place at least in part in the national park area,
  • use park resources, and
  • result in monetary gain.

You may not conduct commercial activities in the park without a valid CUA or in a manner inconsistent with the terms of the CUA.

COVID-19 CUA Guidance


Authorized Services and CUA Conditions

Arches National Park authorizes the following commercial activities with an approved Commercial Use Authorization (CUA):

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Road-based Commercial Tours

Formerly known as Commercial Tours

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Hiking - backcountry

Formerly known as Guided Interpretive Day Hiking

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Photography Instruction

Formerly known as Guided Still Photography and Art Instruction

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Art Instruction

Formerly known as Guided Still Photography and Art Instruction

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Transport (non-tour) - road

Formerly known as Taxi and Trail Shuttle

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Services NOT permitted

  • Drones

  • Motorcycle tours

  • Delivery or pickup of any out of park rentals, including but not limited to:
    • RV’s, ebikes, bikes, vehicles, camping gear, etc...



How much does a CUA cost?



How do I apply for a CUA?

We will not begin accepting applications for 2025 until December 1, 2024. Applications submitted early will be returned. Please check back for updated application instructions.


Southeast Utah Parks Guide Orientation Video

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6 minutes, 15 seconds

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.


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. [178k Accessible PDF]


CUA Suspension, Revocation, or Denial

CUA holders and their employees are required to meet the conditions of the CUA while operating within Southeast Utah Group parks. Failure to meet these conditions may result in CUA suspension, restriction, revocation or application denial. Review the Southeast Utah Group Commercial Use Authorization Revocation Policy.



Frequently Asked Questions

Last updated: May 2, 2024

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