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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: