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Caverns Issues Prospectus for Concession Operations at Park

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Date: August 28, 2006
Contact: Aaron Roth, 303.969.2792
Contact: Bridget Litten, 505.785.3024

Carlsbad Caverns National Park Superintendent John Benjamin announced today that the National Park Service (NPS) has issued a prospectus for a concession contract that provides for merchandise, food and beverage, and kennel services in the park. The concession contract will be valid for ten years.

Concession services in the park are available year-round except for December 25. The surface concession business operations are within the NPS visitor center. The park will be renovating the entire visitor center, including the concession-operated areas, beginning in early 2007. The project is expected to take one year to complete with the successful offeror starting their operations in the newly renovated facility. Surface operations include food and beverage service, a retail operation and a kennel. Limited merchandise, and food and beverage services are available in the underground portion of the operation.

The prospectus is available on the NPS website at www.concessions.nps.gov/prospectus.cfm. Hard copies are available upon request by contacting Aaron Roth, business management specialist, at 303.969.2792 or Intermountain Region, National Park Service, 12795 West Alameda Parkway, Lakewood, Colorado 80228. A hardcopy of the prospectus is $35, if delivered by Federal Express, or $30, if picked up in person. Checks and money orders (no cash accepted) must be payable to the National Park Service. A physical address and telephone number must be provided to receive a Federal Express package.

Contract offers must be received by the Acting Chief of Concessions, Intermountain Region, National Park Service, 12795 West Alameda Parkway, Lakewood, Colorado 80228, no later than 4 p.m., on Monday, November 27, 2006.

For additional information, contact Aaron Roth at 303.969.2792.

Did You Know?

Jim White in Carlsbad Cavern.

Jim White is the cowboy credited with being the premier explorer of Carlsbad Cavern. He began to explore the cave as a teenager in 1898, using a handmade wire ladder to descend 60 feet into the cave. For more than a decade, he couldn't convince many locals that there was much to Carlsbad Cavern.