Guided backpacking for youth participants--including associated transportation and food service—is currently provided at Grand Teton National Park by Wilderness Ventures, Inc. and The TVRC Education Foundation. Both contracts became effective January 1, 2005, and will expire on December 31, 2014. The NPS determined that these two existing concessioners were preferred offerors for the new contracts, pursuant to the terms of 36 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 51.
“Wilderness Ventures and The TVRC Education Foundation have provided a quality outdoor educational and recreational experience to young people for decades, and both concessioners have given youth a unique opportunity to experience lands within the park that are listed as recommended wilderness under the National Wilderness Preservation System,” said David Vela, superintendent of Grand Teton National Park and John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway. “We look forward to working with these outstanding concessioners for another contract term.”
The NPS Intermountain Region solicited proposals for these business opportunities through a prospectus issued August 13, 2014. Bid proposals were accepted through October 30, 2014. The proposals were evaluated and selected under the provisions of the 1998 Concessions Management Improvement Act. The Act made a number of changes in how concession contracts are awarded with the intent of ensuring quality visitor services, protecting park resources, and enhancing the competitive contract process for NPS concession contracts.
Guidelines used to evaluate proposals can be found online at www.concessions.nps.gov