In celebration of the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary, Xanterra Parks & Resorts is a proud participant in the National Park Foundation’s “Find Your Park” campaign, which encourages every American to get out and explore the National Park System. It’s about making great connections, exploring amazing places, discovering open spaces, enjoying affordable vacations and enhancing America’s best idea—the national parks! Together we can connect and create the next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates.
2016 marks the Centennial of the National Park Service, but did you know that Xanterra Parks & Resorts has been operating guest facilities at the Grand Canyon since 1901, even before it was named a national park?
Ever since the Santa Fe Railway sent its first passenger train from Williams Arizona to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon on September 17, 1901, we’ve been encouraging people to gaze upon what Teddy Roosevelt said, “Every American should see.”
When the train first arrived in 1901, tent camps were found along the rim. Over the years, the Santa Fe Railway, in conjunction with the Fred Harvey Company, built many of the hotels, restaurants and gift shops that continue to grace the South Rim today, including the famous El Tovar in 1905.
Seven years after our first train passengers arrived to the canyon, President Theodore Roosevelt established the Grand Canyon as a National Monument in 1908, preserving this great wonder for future generations. Finally, in 1919 Congress established the Grand Canyon as a National Park on February 26.
Find Your Park With Xanterra
We are privileged to operate in some of the finest National Parks in the country. Plan your next national park trip to Yellowstone, Zion, Crater Lake, Glacier, Death Valley and more. Let us help you find your park!
Let the Experts Guide You
Austin Adventures, part of the Xanterra family, has been recognized as the #1 tour operator in national parks. If you’re looking for an all-inclusive vacation, their decades of experience ensure you’ll enjoy the best the parks have to offer. With active adventure-packed itineraries to great national parks like Yellowstone, Glacier, Bryce/Zion, Yosemite, Alaska and more, you can experience trips of a lifetime with our award-winning Austin Adventures.
Special deals to help you Find Your Park
Every Kid in a Park
Thanks to a new initiative with the White House and The National Park Foundation, all 4th graders and their families will be invited to visit our country’s outdoor treasures anytime they like during the 2016-2017 school year…free of charge!
Fee Free Days 2016
During 2016, the entrance fee to Grand Canyon National Park and the nation’s other National Parks and Monuments, will be waived on the following days:
- January 18 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
- April 16 through 24 – National Park Week
- August 25 through 28 – National Park Service Birthday (and following weekend)
- September 24 – National Public Lands Day
- November 11 – Veterans Day
The National Park Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and the U.S. Forest Service also participate in the America the Beautiful National Parks Pass and Federal Recreational Lands Pass programs.