Doing Business with Us

"Scenery is a hollow enjoyment to the tourist who sets out in the morning after an indigestible breakfast and a fitful night's sleep on an impossible bed."
-Stephen T. Mather, first Director of the National Park Service (1917 - 1929)

National parks offer stunning scenery and authentic history…and many of the services of a small city to help visitors enjoy their park experience.

National Park Concessions
Food, lodging, tours, whitewater rafting, boating, and many other recreational activities and amenities in more than 100 national parks are managed by private businesses under contract to the National Park Service. The services, provided by more than 600 "concessioners," gross more than $1 billion every year and provide jobs for more than 25,000 people during peak season.

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Commercial Services Program
National Park Service
1849 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20240
(202) 513-7156
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Contracting and Procurement
National parks have buildings to construct, roads to pave, wastewater treatment plants to operate, and leaky roofs to repair. NPS offices purchase furniture, vehicles, office equipment and a host of other products. The National Park Service issues all bids and requests for proposals through the federal government's electronic business portals.

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Washington Contracting and Procurement Office
National Park Service
7333 W. Jefferson Avenue, Suite 130
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 25287, WCP
Denver, CO 80225-0287
(303) 969-2689
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Denver Service Center
NPS Planning, Design and Construction Management Office
12795 W. Alameda Parkway
P.O. Box 25287
Denver, CO 80225-0287
(303) 969-2100
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Harpers Ferry Center
NPS Interpretive Design Center
Office of Acquisition Management
Harpers Ferry, WV
(304) 535-6482
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Commercial Tours
Commercial tour operators may bring groups into national parks but must apply for a permit and pay a fee in advance. Details vary and are available from each park. Use our online search to find the park's website - which includes contact information.

Special Park Uses and Commercial Filming
Often, businesses consider national parks appealing settings to shoot commercials or major motion pictures, to photograph models for catalogs or kids for their school pictures. Couples choose national parks as beautiful wedding venues. The NPS requires permits for activities like these to make sure they do not unduly interfere with park visitors' access and enjoyment.

Other activities that require special use permits include:

  • Special events
  • First Amendment activities (rallies, demonstrations)
  • Right-of-way permits (utilities, telecommunications, roads)
  • Other non-visitor activities on park land
Permit applications are available through each park's administrative office (and may be available on park websites). Use our online search to find the park's website - which includes contact information.