Park Loop Road opening
May 17, 2013: The entire Park Loop Road and all other paved roads in the park open today. All dirt roads in the park, including the Seal Cove Road, will open on June 3.
April 22, 2013: The Precipice, Orange and Black, Valley Cove, and Jordan Cliffs Trails are closed until further notice because of nesting peregrine falcons. All other trails in the park are open, whether accessible from the park or from state roads.
Hulls Cove Visitor Center
May 17, 2013: The visitor center will open on May 19 and will be open 9-5 every day. All park passes are available there. There is an accessible entrance at the back of the building for those who have trouble climbing stairs.
National Park Service Selects Operator for Contract to Operate Wildwood Stables
Contact: Liz Weston, 207-288-8705
(Bar Harbor, Maine) – The National Park Service (NPS) has selected Carriages of Acadia, Inc., to operate Wildwood Stables within Acadia National Park. The 10-year contract is effective beginning January 1, 2009.
The current contract is held by Carriages in the Park, Inc., owned by Mr. Edward Winterberg of Covington, Kentucky. This contract was competitively awarded in 2002 and expires on December 31, 2008. In order to continue this valuable service, the National Park Service initiated a competitive process to award a new contract.
In December 2007, the National Park Service issued a prospectus soliciting offers and, in response, received four qualified offers from the following operators: Carriages of Acadia (Houlton, ME); Acadia Carriage Company, Inc. (Leesburg, FL); Acadia Carriage Tours & Stabling, Inc. (Seal Harbor, ME); and Blue Moon Belgians, LLC (Beaufort, SC). After review by a panel of NPS employees and industry experts based upon the specific selection factors described in detail in the prospectus and on criteria specified in the 1998 Concessions Management Act, Carriages of Acadia, Inc., was selected as the “best offeror.” (The Concessions Management Act made a number of changes in how NPS concessions contracts are awarded and was designed to enhance competition in order to better serve the public and taxpayers.)
Acadia National Park Superintendent Sheridan Steele said, “We believe it is important that visitors continue to have the opportunity to enjoy a leisurely carriage ride on about 45 miles of historic and scenic carriage roads. We have made major improvements to the facilities at Wildwood to assure continued success for the concession-operated carriage tours and equestrian services. We are pleased that we have a successful bidder on the new contract who is committed to providing improved services to the thousands of visitors who come to experience the carriage roads of Acadia.”
The National Park Service has demonstrated its commitment to providing equestrian services at Wildwood Stables through the award of this 10-year contract, as well as significant investments in the stables and the carriage road system.
The National Park Service believes that eliminating horse use from the park would be contrary to the purposes and history of the carriage road system. However, the National Park Service has had to impose some restrictions in order to protect town water supplies and to reduce conflicts with other user groups.
Effective January 1, 2009, the telephone number for making overnight stabling reservations for the 2009 season is 877-276-3622. As it becomes available, information about the new contract will be posted on the park website at www.nps.gov/acad/parknews/index.htm. For more information about the new contract, please contact Acadia National Park Concessions Specialist Liz Weston at 207-288-8705.
Did You Know?
The Civilian Conservation Corps performed important work in Acadia National Park, including clearing brush, setting stones, and constructing Seawall Campground. Today park headquarters is located in the former CCC camp.