Originally Posted by Tpratt
Apparently they needed regulation approval for how much to charge based on nearby campgrounds & what they charge (right).
That's correct. Federal government facilities can't "compete" with private industry, so there's a process by which they figure out the equivalency so that a local operator won't be harmed.
Don't know how that might apply to death valley since the closest private campgrounds are a looooog way away, but maybe they don't want the federal campgrounds to compete with their own concessionaire across the street, or the hotel for that matter.