About Xanterra Parks & Resorts

Open all year, Xanterra South Rim, L.L.C. offers the only “in-the-park lodging.” We are authorized by the National Park Service to provide many visitor services within the park:

  • Six distinctive lodges – all lodges are within walking distance of the South Rim!
  • The legendary “Phantom Ranch” on the floor of the canyon
  • Fine and casual dining
  • Retail shops in unique, historic buildings
  • World famous Grand Canyon mule rides
  • Motorcoach tours of the park

And, we will continue to set the standard for ecologically sound resorts that complement, not harm, their natural surroundings. We invite you to learn more about Xanterra Parks & Resorts or visit our other destinations. Xanterra South Rim, L.L.C. operates the south rim of Grand Canyon National Park. Xanterra Parks & Resorts, Inc. operates all other destinations.

National Park Operations

  • Crater Lake National Park
  • Death Valley National Park
  • Grand Canyon National Park South Rim
  • Mount Rushmore National Memorial
  • Petrified Forest National Park
  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Zion National Park

State Park Operations

  • Ohio State Park Lodges
  • Deer Creek Lodge and Conference Center
  • Maumee Bay Lodge and Conference Center
  • Mohican Lodge and Conference Center
  • Punderson Manor Lodge and Conference Center
  • Salt Fork Lodge and Conference Center
  • Geneva State Park Marina

Resorts & Other Holdings

  • Furnace Creek Resort, Death Valley, California
  • Grand Canyon Railway, Williams, Arizona

Xanterra Kingsmill, LLC

  • Kingsmill Resort, Williamsburg, VA

Windstar Cruises, LLC

  • Windstar Cruises, Seattle, WA

The Road to Xanterra

Our Company philosophy of warm and friendly hospitality began 135 years ago with Fred Harvey, a 19th century visionary who provided weary travelers on the Santa Fe Railroad with a warm bed and a home-cooked meal. Today, we are the largest park management company in the nation, with operations spanning from Yellowstone to Grand Canyon, and we remain true to the legacy of simple hospitality established by Fred Harvey.

Our name “Xanterra” is derived from “Xanadu,” originated in the poem Kubla Khan by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who depicts Xanadu as an idyllic and beautiful paradise, and from “terra,” the Latin word for earth. Thus, the name means “beautiful places on earth.”

At Xanterra we recognize the interdependence between our resorts and the natural environment and we are committed to the preservation and protection of the environment in each of our “beautiful places on earth.” For this reason, we’ve:

  • Banned endangered fish from all our menus
  • Installed emission controls on our tour buses
  • Reduced our global greenhouse gas emissions
  • Reduced our energy and water consumption.

And, we will continue to set the standard for ecologically sound resorts that complement, not harm, their natural surroundings.