- Necessary and appropriate for public use and enjoyment of the unit of NPS in which they are located; and
- Consistent to the highest practicable degree with the preservation and conservation of the unit's resources and values.
A concessions operation is a way of providing commercial visitor services such as food, lodging, and retail through a third party (concessioner) within a national park. Concession contracts are generally valid for 10 years or less but can extend for as many as 20 years. Concession contracts specify the range of facilities accommodation, and services types the concessioner agrees to offer. The rates the concessioner can charge for these services are approved by the National Park Service and must be comparable to those under similar conditions outside the park.
In Yosemite, the Branch of Concessions Management manages three concessioners authorized to do business in Yosemite National Park: Yosemite Hospitality, LLC (a subsidiary of Aramark); Best's Studio, Inc. (The Ansel Adams Gallery); and the El Portal Market (National and State Park Concessions).
Contracts and Associated Documents
El Portal Market (National and State Park Concessions)
- Concession Contract (November 2016) [10 MB PDF]
Yosemite Hospitality, LLC (a subsidiary of Aramark)
- Concession Contract (March 2016) [45 MB PDF]