NEWS: On March 1, 2017, the National Park Service updated its projections for releases of prospectuses through June 30, 2018. We added a projected release for Rock Creek Park for equestrian facilities and services. We deleted the projection for hunt guide services at Wrangell St Elias National Park and Preserve. The projects include marina operations within Lake Mead National Recreation Area and Washington, D.C. We also project releasing prospectuses for food and beverage and retail operations in Carlsbad Caverns National Park and Yellowstone National Park; a major river rafting contract at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area; lodging, food and beverage, and retail operations on the North Rim of Grand Canyon and Crater Lake National Parks and Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve; expanded boat tour operations at Biscayne National Park; and service stations/fuel sales in Yellowstone 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). The projections also include several recreation-based opportunities including guided mountain climbing and hunting guides. Finally, we have included information about two upcoming projects for commercial leases in the San Francisco area. For additional information, please contact us at NPS Commercial Click here to view a list of projected prospectus releases. You can also review Tips for a Good Proposal.

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.