Bandelier Seeks Proposals To Operate Concession Services

Bandelier Historic Lodge Lunch Bar in the 1930s. Courtesy/NPS 

Bandelier Historic Lodge Lunch Bar in the 1930s. Courtesy/NPS 


As part of Bandelier National Monument’s Centennial, the Intermountain Region of the National Park Service (NPS) has issued a prospectus seeking proposals for the award of a concession contract to provide food and beverage, retail, equipment rental, and firewood sales within Bandelier National Monument. The new concession contract is expected to begin on January 1, 2017 and will be awarded for a 10-year term.

Food and beverage, retail, and equipment rental will be provided from historic buildings within the Bandelier National Historical Landmark District in Frijoles Canyon, and firewood sales will be provided in the Juniper and Ponderosa campgrounds within the Monument. The NPS seeks to revitalize the landmark district and will expand the area assigned to the Concessioner with the intent to increase visitor opportunities. The NPS intends for Building 17, where the gift shop and snack bar are currently located, to be used solely for indoor dining with its food and beverage service while Building 15, which until recently housed administrative offices, will be used for retail and equipment rental. Historically, Building 15 contained a restaurant, diner-style lunch counter, and a kitchen, but was remodeled in the 1960s to serve as administrative offices.

Throughout 2016, the Service will be removing the alterations made to Building 15 in the 1960s to reveal the original historic space and architectural features. Other changes from the existing contract to the new contract include requiring rental of recreational equipment such as snow shoes and cross county skies, and authorizing, but not requiring additional commercial visitor services including: guided tours and educational workshops, wireless internet, beer and wine sales, and a hiker shuttle, to deliver or pickup recreationists to and from trailheads.

“The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) built the visitor center, a restaurant, and lodge in Frijoles Canyon in the 1930s as part of a plan to provide visitors with a range of services intended to make their visit comfortable and enjoyable, as well as educational,” Superintendent Jason Lott said. “This new concession contract supports the original intentions of the Canyon’s development to enhance a visitor’s experience by broadening dining opportunities to include indoor family dining and expanding the retail operation to allow more space for the sale of handicrafts made by local Pueblo artists, souvenirs of various types and prices, and possibly even furniture designed to replicate the CCC era, as well as for rental of outdoor equipment so that people may more easily explore the Bandelier Wilderness.”

The current concessioner, Pajarito Plateau Trading Co., LLC, doing business as Bandelier Trading Company, is operating under the existing contract, which is set to expire Dec. 31, 2016. The National Park Service has determined that no preferred offeror for this draft contract exists, pursuant to the terms of 36 C.F.R. Part 51. This solicitation for commercial services is fully competitive.

Any proposal, including that of the existing concessioner, must be received at the following address by 4 p.m. Mountain Time, Tuesday May 17, 2016, to be evaluated and considered for award of the Concession Contract: Chief of Commercial Services, Intermountain Region; National Park Service; 12795 W Alameda Pkwy, Lakewood, CO 80228.

The prospectus explains the business opportunity and the terms and conditions under which the NPS will award the Concession Contract and is available for free download at Hard copies will be available upon request for a printing cost-recovery charge. The fee is $35 per copy to be delivered via Federal Express or $30 per copy if picked up in person. Persons interested in obtaining a prospectus should mail, or bring in person, a check or money order made payable to the NPS. (Cash will not be accepted.) For shipment, interested parties must include a physical address (no post office box) and a telephone number to receive a Federal Express package. Contact the Chief of Concessions, Intermountain Region; National Park Service, 12795 West Alameda Parkway, Lakewood, CO 80228 or at telephone number 303.969.2661.

To receive notification about or amendments to this Prospectus, please provide Chief of Concessions, Intermountain Region, Jennifer Parker with your contact information (name, email address, and phone number) at or 303.969.2661. Information relative to the solicitation will also be posted to the above mentioned website.