Any individual, company, or group wanting to provide commercial activities in Crater Lake National Park must first obtain a Commercial Use Authorization (CUA). New applicants should contact the Commercial Services Office to discuss their proposed operation before submitting an application. CUAs are issued for the following activities:
CUA Application ProcessIn 2021, Crater Lake National Park will switch from two-year to annual CUA's. Information about this change can be found here. Both new and prior CUA holders should read the New CUA Applicant Letter to be sure they understand the procedures and fee schedule before submitting an application.
A completed application package will include the following:
Completed application forms and supporting documents may be sent to:
Crater Lake National Park
Attn: CUA Coordinator
PO Box 7
Crater Lake, OR 97604
or e-mail us
Road-based tours are defined as “one or more persons traveling on an improved roadway on an itinerary that a company or individual has packaged and priced for leisure/recreational purposes." At Crater Lake, tours are considered "road-based" if they provide no visitor services other than those incidental to road-based travel in a NPS unit, including stops at visitor centers, scenic overlooks, lodging, etc.
The NPS is standardizing Road-based Commercial Tour (RBCT) CUA requirements and fees agency-wide. Implementation of updated RBCT program has been delayed until further notice. For updates on the status of the standardized RBCT implementation, please visit the NPS Commercial Use Authorizations page. Most Road-based Commercial Tour operators at Crater Lake will continue to pay the Commercial Vehicle entry fee.
Contact the Commercial Services Office at 541-594-3002 or e-mail us.
Last updated: November 30, 2020