Business Opportunities

Eldorado National Forest

Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree announced today the solicitation of proposals for a concession campground Special Use Permit (SUP) for the Eldorado National Forest. A permit will be issued to provide high-quality public services in the operation and maintenance of government-owned recreation facilities. Proposals must be received by 4:30 PM, September 10, 2018.

For a copy of the cover letter of interest from the Forest Supervisor, click here…

Idaho Panhandle National Forests

The Idaho Panhandle National Forests are pleased to announce the availability of two separate prospectuses for a special-use permit for developed recreation sites and a rail trail. These prospectuses are being issued to solicit applications for a concession campground and related Granger-Thye Concessions’ special-use permit and the Route of Hiawatha rail trail special use permit. Two permits to provide high-quality public service in the operation and maintenance of Government-owned recreation facilities located on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests will be issued.

Please see the attached cover letter for both opportunities on the Idaho Panhandle.  You can also view the information on the USDA website by clicking here

For a copy of the cover letter of interest from the Forest Supervisor, click here…

Red Bluff Recreation Area (RBRA)

I am very interested in hearing from all parties interested in the future of the RBRA.  If you have thoughts to share please email them to: If you have additional questions about this proposal or would like to set up a meeting to discuss it, please contact Forest Recreation Officer Katheryn Rich, at (530) 934-1199. ”

For a copy of the letter of interest from the Forest Supervisor, click here…

Buckskin Mountain and River Island State Parks Concession Services

Questions should be directed to Jason Harris by calling (602)542-1077.

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest

The Uinta Wasatch Cache National Forest is pleased to announce the availability of a prospectus for a special-use permit for Seven Ranger District’s developed recreation sites.
The prospectus will be available for viewing on the website ( under solicitation number AG-84N8-S-17-0166 and the UWC website at
For further information about the campground, the site tour or the application process, please contact Amy Forsgren, Special Uses Administrator, by phone 801-625-5849, or by email at uwc_concessionaireprospectus@fs. fed. us.

Click Here for a PDF of the UWC Cover Letter

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest News Release: Spring Mountains National Recreation Area Releases Solicitation to Determine Competitive Interest

Spring Mountains National Recreation Area Releases Solicitation to Determine Competitive Interest

LAS VEGAS, March 6, 2018 – The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest’s Spring Mountains National Recreation Area has released a solicitation to Determine Competitive Interest for the winter operation and maintenance of one campground and three day use facilities in Upper Lee Canyon outside of Las Vegas.

The solicitation notice is below. For more information about the solicitation process please contact Chris Linehan, Recreation Staff Officer, at (702) 515-5401 or


Solicitation to Determine Competitive Interest

Spring Mountains National Recreation Area Winter Operations

The U.S. Forest Service is soliciting interest in the operation and maintenance of one campground and three day use facilities in Upper Lee Canyon on the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area (SMNRA) of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. The Upper Lee Canyon facilities would be operated November 1 through March 31 each year, snow conditions permitting.

The last time these facilities were offered as part of a commercial solicitation was in 2003 as part of a larger developed recreation facility prospectus that included campground and day use sites on the SMNRA. This current business opportunity differs from the 2003 offering in that it is limited to winter season operations and only four sites in the Upper Lee Canyon area:  Old Mill Picnic Area, McWilliams Campground, Foxtail Group Picnic Area, and Sawmill Trailhead and Picnic Area.

In addition to maintenance and operation of these four sites, the opportunity would include the potential for food and beverage sales, retail (e.g., sleds, gloves, etc.), and some outfitting and guiding (sled and snowshoe rentals), as well as special events. During the 2016-2017 winter season when a snow play permit was issued to a local operator, the adjusted gross revenue was approximately $117,500. With the additional authorized activities proposed—food and beverage, outfitting and guiding, and retail—there is a likely potential for increased adjusted gross revenues over the term of the permit.

The purpose of this public notice is to determine whether or not sufficient competitive interest exists that would warrant issuance of a prospectus. If a prospectus were issued for the Upper Lee Canyon facilities and competitive bids received in response to it, the Forest Service would issue a five-year special use permit under the Granger-Thye Act (with the option to extend up to five years at the discretion of the authorized officer) authorizing the operation and maintenance of government-owned facilities. Under a Granger-Thye permit, fees to the government may be offset through reinvestment in government-owned facilities.

Please contact Chris Linehan, Recreation Staff Officer, at (702) 515-5401 or by April 6, 2018 indicating your interest in this opportunity. For more information on Upper Lee Canyon, please visit the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest website at

Invitation For Self-Guided Site Visit In Advance Of Prospectus For Concession Special Use Permit To Operate Recreation Facilities On The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest

The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, located in northern Utah and southwestern Wyoming, is publishing a pre-announcement for a concession prospectus to be issued in spring, 2018.  A 5-year special use permit with a 5-year optional renewal will be issued with an anticipated effective date beginning January 1, 2019.  The 5-year optional renewal may be issued non-competitively at the discretion of the Forest Service upon satisfactory performance.  The permit is for operation and maintenance of approximately 115 developed recreation facilities including campgrounds, picnic areas, boat ramps, swim sites, marinas, and trailheads.  The special use permit will include facilities with an estimated $4.5 million gross revenue.

Due to the number of sites in the prospectus, and the geographic expanse of the forest, it will only be possible to visit a few selected sites per ranger district when an official tour and meeting is scheduled in 2018.  Some high elevation sites do not open until July.  Therefore, the forest is inviting interested bidders to visit on their own during summer, 2017 while sites are open and operational through September.  Bidders will be allowed to travel through facilities.

This is an optional self-guided visit with no formal meeting or tour scheduled.  A Preliminary Prospectus Facility List is uploaded to FedBizOpps along with the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest Visitor Guide which contains maps and forest information.  Detailed site or prospectus information is not provided at this time.  Additional facility information is readily available on-line and links are provided on the Prospectus Facility List.

This pre-solicitation notice is issued solely for information and planning purposes and does not constitute a solicitation, prospectus, or Request for Proposal.  Further, the Forest Service is not seeking proposals at this time and will not accept unsolicited proposals.  The U.S. Government will not pay for any information, travel, or administrative costs incurred in response to this pre-solicitation notice.  Responding to this pre-solicitation notice or visiting is not required to participate in any future prospectus.

The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest is one of the most heavily visited forests in the National Forest System.  Metropolitan areas and communities bordering the forest make up some of the fastest growing areas in the Intermountain West.  Quick, convenient access is available to forest visitors making the forest an intensely used destination spanning backyard to backcountry with developed facility use increasing yearly.

For questions or comments please contact:  Renee Flanagan, Acting Recreation, Heritage, Wilderness, and Lands Staff Officer, Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, 857 West South Jordan Parkway, South Jordan, UT  84095-8594.  Email: