Doing Business With The Park
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area is a unit of the National Park System. As in any other National Park Service area, commercial visitor services may be provided only by those holding an authorization from the United States. Larger visitor service operations are provided under concession contracts. Smaller, single-service businesses are issued a Commercial Use Authorization, if certain requirements are met.
When the National Park Service was established in 1916, a provision granting the privilege for the use of land for visitor accommodations was included. The National Park Service Concession Management Improvement Act of 1998 (Public Law 105-391) articulates comprehensive legislative direction with respect to the management of the concessions program by the National Park Service.
Did You Know?
The Lockhart Ranch - the best preserved historic homestead - in the Bighorn Basin was owned by noted author Caroline Lockhart. Starting with 160 acres in 1926, she added land until she controlled over 6,000 acres. More...