Bears are active in Grand Teton
Black and grizzly bears are roaming throughout the park--near roads, trails and in backcountry areas. Hikers and backcountry users are advised to travel in groups of three or more, make noise and carry bear spray. Visitors must stay 100 yards from bears. More »
Area closure in the area around Baxter's Pinnacle
An area closure is in effect around Baxter's Pinnacle to protect nesting peregrine falcons. This closure precludes any climbs of Baxter's Pinnacle and usage of the walk-off gully. This closure will be in effect through 8-15-2013. More »
Area Closure in effect in the Elk Ranch area
A temporary area closure is in effect in the Elk Ranch Area to protect wildlife during the denning and young-rearing period. Follow the link for a map of the closed area. More »
Signal Mountain Lodge, L.L.C. Selected for Award of Concession Contract
Contact: Jackie Skaggs, 307.739.3393
Today in Denver, Colorado, National Park Service Intermountain Regional Director John Wessels announced that Signal Mountain Lodge, L.L.C. has been selected to provide lodging, food and beverage, retail and marina services, camping and other amenities at Grand Teton National Park under concession contract GRTE003-12. The contract will begin January 1, 2012 with a term of 15 years.
Visitor services at Signal Mountain Lodge, Leeks Marina and Lizard Creek Campground are currently provided by Signal Mountain Lodge, L.L.C. under a concession contract that took effect in 1997. This operation presently employs 12 year-round and 150 seasonal employees and has revenues of approximately $6 million annually.
"We are pleased to welcome Signal Mountain Lodge to a new concession contract term. Forever Resorts, the parent company for Signal Mountain Lodge, began operations at this property in 1984 and has delivered outstanding services to Grand Teton National Park visitors for over twenty-five years. With its long-standing relationship to the Jackson Hole community combined with a commitment to quality operations, an organized reduction of deferred maintenance, and several facility improvements that will enhance guest services and environmental protection, we are confident that Signal Mountain Lodge will provide excellent services for park visitors in the coming years," said Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott.
The National Park Service (NPS) solicited proposals for this business opportunity through a prospectus issued February 9, 2010. Proposals were accepted through February 28, 2011. A review team of industry experts and NPS employees analyzed the proposals based on criteria specified under the provisions of the 1998 Concessions Management Improvement Act. The 1998 Act made a number of changes in how contracts are awarded with the intent of insuring quality visitor services, protecting park resources, and enhancing the competitive contract process for NPS concession contracts.
Guidelines used to evaluate proposals can be found online at www.nps.gov/commercialservices.
Did You Know?
Did you know that Uinta ground squirrels, sometimes mistaken for prairie dogs, hibernate up to eight months a year? These animals leave their burrows in March or April to inhabit the sagebrush flats, but may return by the end of July.