Expect Isolated Thunderstorm Activity Through Thursday. A Greater Chance on the Weekend
Monsoonal weather patterns have moved into the Grand Canyon area decreasing fire danger. As a result, on Tuesday, July 8 at 8 a.m. fire managers lifted fire restrictions within Grand Canyon National Park. More »
Two Bats Collected in the Park Have Tested Positive for Rabies
One on the North Kaibab Trail and the other at Tusayan Ruin/Museum. Any persons having physical contact with bats in Grand Canyon National Park, please call 928-638-7779. Rabies can be prevented if appropriate medical care is given following an exposure. More »
Business Opportunity Announced for Bicycle and Food Services on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park
Contact: Shannan Marcak, 928-638-7958
Grand Canyon, Ariz. - Grand Canyon National Park Superintendent Dave Uberuaga has announced the availability of a new business opportunity in the park to provide bicycle rentals, guided bike tours, and "grab and go" food service at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center plaza on the South Rim. A prospectus was released today that outlines this business opportunity, describes the existing bike rental business, and provides details on how to submit a responsive proposal.
The new bicycle and food services will be provided under a concession contract which will be issued for a term of 10 years. The contract will require bicycle rentals, as well as guided daily bicycle tours from approximately May 15 to October 15. It will also require year-round, "grab and go" food and beverage service targeted toward hikers, bikers and pedestrians.
Grand Canyon National Park's 2008 South Rim Visitor Transportation Plan provides for bicycle rentals, guided tours, and limited food service in the Mather Point area. The National Park Service will begin construction of a new building to support the bike rental operations and house the additional services in November, 2011.
A bicycle rental and tour service has successfully operated in the Grand Canyon Visitor Center area near Mather Point under a Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) since 2010. This CUA expires at the end of 2011.
All interested parties are encouraged to apply and submit a responsive proposal to this prospectus. Parties interested in visiting the area to become familiar with the physical conditions and limitations of this business opportunity should contact Molly Schroer, Concessions Specialist, Grand Canyon National Park at 928-638-7706 as soon as possible to register for a site visit, to be held on Monday, November 21, 2011.
This new opportunity is being advertised on the Federal Business Opportunities web site: https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=795cf97814f4031352dddf59b05821fd&tab=core&_cview=0
A copy of the prospectus can be found online at:
Responsive proposals must be received by the Intermountain Regional Office by December 30, 2011. For additional information, please contact Laura Shearin at 928-638-7351.
Did You Know?
No one has ever found a fossilized reptile skeleton or even an entire reptile bone within the Grand Canyon. Fossil footprints were left by more than 20 species of reptiles and amphibians, but no complete teeth or bones! More...