BBNP seeks input on reuse of historic building

SOUTH BREWSTER COUNTY – The National Park Service issues a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) concerning the adaptive reuse of the historic Barker Lodge located on the Rio Grande in Big Bend National Park through a lease with the National Park Service.

This RFEI is issued solely for information and planning purposes and does not constitute a Request for Proposal (RFP) or a promise to issue a RFP in the future.

Big Bend National Park preserves a large area of the ChiMARFA – Judd Foundation is pleased to announce the fifth annual Casa Perez Ranch Day, an occasion to visit one of Donald Judd’s ranches outside of Marfa on Sunday, September 30 from 11am-4pm.

The Foundation will host an afternoon of food and drink, music, and programs. Free and open to the public.

Casa Perez Ranch Day will include food from Convenience West from 12-1:30pm (first come, first served); a hike with Randy Sanchez, Judd Foundation, at 11am; a talk by Aimee

Roberson, Coordinator of the Rio Grande Joint Venture for the American Bird Conservancy, at 1:30pm; and a Ballroom Marfa Botanical Collage Workshop at 2pm.

Music will be provided by David Branch of Marfa Public Radio’s “Honky Tonk Happy Hour” throughout the day.

In collaboration with Ballroom Marfa, Judd Foundation will present new programming on native

plant material found in Pinto Canyon. During the workshop, visitors will learn about herbarium

samples and why they are important to botanists while collaging native plant material with

artists and plant experts Jeff Keeling and Sandra Harper.

The workshop is part of programs organized by Ballroom Marfa in response to its current exhibition, Hyperobjects, which features a selection of herbarium samples on loan from the Sul Ross State University Her-barium.

The Ballroom Marfa Botanical Collage Workshop will connect participants to the singular ecology of the Trans-Pecos.

For more information on the Casa Perez Ranch Day, please contact [email protected] or 432-729-4406 ext. 1 or visit

huahuan Desert, encompassing spectacular wilderness character, scenic values, natural dark skies and the biological and geological diversity of the Big Bend area, including the Chisos Mountains and the Rio Grande and its canyons.

The NPS is open to ideas of what the historic building could be used for under a lease, as long as it supports the purpose and mission of Big Bend National Park. The RFEI describes prohibited uses. NPS is seeking both short- and long-term lease options.

To learn more about this building and business opportunity, please visit

The NPS asks interested parties to provide expressions of interest regarding the adaptive reuse of the Barker Lodge no later than 4pm MT on Monday, October 29, 2018, via email to:

Jennifer Parker

Chief of Concessions

National Park Service Intermountain Region

[email protected]