Prospectuses

NEWS: On March 3, the National Park Service updated its projections for releases of prospectuses through March 2017. Among the projects are the food/beverage/retail operations in Rocky Mountain National Park, a major river rafting contract at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, and expanded boat tour operations at Biscayne National Park. Other projects include new operations at Channel Islands National Park, Gulf Islands National Seashore, Muir Woods National Monument, Everglades National Park, and Haleakala National Park. We also have included a concession contract for substantially expanded food and beverage operations within the underground visitor center at Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (the Arch in St. Louis). For additional information, please contact us at NPS Commercial Services@nps.gov. Click here to view a list of projected prospectus releases.

Selection and award is a critical phase of the commercial services contract planning and development process. By law, all contracts are issued through competitive selection based on the weighted principal and secondary selection factors.

Principal Selection Factors
  • The responsiveness of the proposal to the objectives, as described in the prospectus, of protecting, conserving, and preserving resources of the park area.
  • The responsiveness of the proposal to the objectives, as described in the prospectus, of providing necessary and appropriate visitor services at reasonable rates.
  • The experience and related background of the offeror, including the past performance and expertise of the offeror in providing the same and similar visitor services as those to be provided under the concession contract.
  • The financial capability of the offeror to carry out its proposal.
  • Franchise fee and other forms of financial consideration to the Director. (This factor is subservient in weight to the prior four selection factors.)
Secondary Selection Factors
  • The quality of an offeror's proposal to conduct its operations in a manner that furthers the protection, conservation, and preservation of the park area and other resources through environmental management programs and activities including, without limitation: energy conservation, waste reduction, and recycling. (If contract is < $100k, this is an optional factor; if it is > $100k, then it is required.)
  • Specific to the Park (if needed).
  • Specific to the Park (if needed).

Click on the links to the left to view open solicitations for NPS concession contracts.