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A Concession Business Opportunity for Guided Sleigh and Wagon Ride Interpretive Tours within the National Elk Refuge

Summary of the Concession Opportunity

The National Elk Refuge has a Business Opportunity for Guided Sleigh and Wagon Ride Interpretive Tours within the National Elk Refuge. The Service intends to award one (1) contract under this Prospectus. In the event of any inconsistency between the terms of the Draft Contract and this Summary, the Draft Contract with prevail.
Guided Sleigh and Wagon Ride Interpretive Tours on the National Elk Refuge are designed to provide visitors first-hand exposure to Refuge resources. Under the Draft Contract, the Concessioner is required to provide interpretive horse-drawn sleigh or wagon rides on the National Elk Refuge as well as transportation to and from the Visitor Center to the Sleigh Ride staging area during the winter season. The sleigh ride season is typically the day after the end of the elk hunt (mid-December) through the first week of April. For more information, follow this link.

Special Use Permits

Some commercial, recreational, and research activities are allowed on national wildlife refuges only with a special use permit issued by the local office, and are subject to specific conditions and fees. This permit requirement is meant to ensure that all activities at the federal site are compatible with the refuge’s Congressionally mandated wildlife conservation goals. Special use permits may limit the scope, timing and location of the activity, as determined by the refuge where the activity would take place.

Commercial Activities 

Includes: workshops, professional photography, & wildlife viewing tours. Application Form

Research & Monitoring

Includes: biological work & geological monitoring. Application Form

General Activities

All other permits. Application Form

For questions or to submit completed application form, please email Raena Parsons, Visitor Services Manager: raena_parsons@fws.gov

A minimum of ten business days is required to request a permit.