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Deadline extended for business opportunity at Kelso

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Date: December 11, 2012
Contact: Linda Slater

BARSTOW, CALIF. -The National Park Service (NPS) has extended the deadline for submitting a proposal to operate a lunch-counter food and beverage service at the Kelso Depot Visitor Center, Mojave National Preserve. The new deadline is January 16, 2013. 

Kelso Depot Visitor Center is located on Kelbaker Road, 35 miles south of Interstate 15 at Baker, and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The term of the new concession contract will be from five to ten years. 

Originally built as a Union Pacific train station, the Kelso Depot was renovated to serve as Mojave National Preserve's Visitor Center. The 1920s-era lunch counter at the Depot was rebuilt as part of the renovation project. The lunch counter has been in operation since the summer of 2008 and is popular with travelers driving between the Los Angeles metropolitan area and Las Vegas. 

Prospectus packages containing all the information needed to prepare a proposal are available at http://www.nps.gov/commercialservices/prospectuses.htm

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photo of kelso dunes

At about 600 feet in height, Kelso Dunes in Mojave National Preserve are the third tallest in North America. When quantities of the sands move, they sometimes create a booming sound. Run down the slopes to try to make the dunes boom. More...