Grand Canyon National Park Lodges and Grand Canyon Field Institute Team Up to Offer Learning & Lodging Adventures

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, July 2, 2014 – Grand Canyon National Park Lodges and the non-profit Grand Canyon Field Institute together offer a two-day adventure that is a great choice for travelers seeking an immersive Grand Canyon experience.

The Grand Canyon Learning & Lodging package includes two days of guided educational hiking and touring, two nights of lodging, two breakfasts, two box lunches, one dinner and gift shop coupons. The year-round program begins on Sundays (excluding major holidays) and ends on Tuesdays. Children must be eight years or older. Rates begin at $390 per person plus taxes and gratuities.

“Learning about the Grand Canyon through the eyes of a naturalist makes a Grand Canyon trip more memorable, and these family-friendly programs are a great option for dedicated learners of all ages,” said Bruce Brossman, regional director of sales and marketing for concessioner Xanterra South Rim, operator of lodges, restaurants and other concessions in the park. “We are privileged to work with the professional staff of the Grand Canyon Field Institute, and we have been pleased to see the popularity of this two-day program expand since it was first offered a few years ago.”

By day, participants learn about the human history, geology and wildlife of the canyon while hiking the popular Bright Angel Trail or to Shoshone Point, offering one of the best views of the Canyon. Participants also explore the Grand Canyon Village Rim Trail and walk near the Tusayan Ruins and Desert View Watchtower. By night, guests relax at the Maswik or Yavapai Lodge, both which are located within a short walk of the rim of the canyon and near the Grand Canyon Village and its hotels, restaurants, shops and canyon viewpoints. Meal coupons can be redeemed at the Maswik Food Court or Yavapai Cafeteria. One night is open, so guests can enjoy on their own one of the Grand Canyon’s other top restaurants including El Tovar Dining Room and the Arizona Room.

Daily hikes are rated “level two,” with hikes up to three miles in distance and typical elevation changes of up to 1,000 feet per day. Grand Canyon Field Institute recommends participants be in good physical condition and have some hiking experience.

For more information or to reserve a spot on a Learning & Lodging trip, travelers should call 1-866-471-4435 or 1-928-638-2485 or visit www.grandcanyon.org/fieldinstitute.

Xanterra South Rim operates six lodges as well as tours, restaurants and gift shops at the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park; Phantom Ranch on the floor of the Canyon; The Grand Hotel in the park’s gateway community of Tusayan and Grand Canyon Railway in Williams, Ariz.

Visitors can book Grand Canyon in-park rooms online or by calling 1-303-29PARKS (1-303-297-2757), or 1-888-29PARKS (888-297-2757). Rooms at The Grand Hotel can be booked by calling 1-888-63GRAND (1-888-634-7263). The Grand Canyon Railway can be reached at 1-800-THE-TRAIN (1-800-843-8724). More information about the park is available at www.nps.gov/grca.

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Xanterra Parks & Resorts is a diversified global travel and hospitality company. Known for its “Legendary Hospitality with a Softer Footprint,” Xanterra Parks & Resorts® entities include lodges, restaurants, tours and activities in national and state parks and resorts as well as a cruise line, railway and tour operator. Xanterra Parks & Resorts has operations in the Grand Canyon, including Grand Canyon Railway in Williams, Ariz., and The Grand Hotel in Tusayan, Ariz.; Yellowstone; Zion; Crater Lake; Glacier, Rocky Mountain and Petrified Forest National Parks; Mount Rushmore National Memorial; Furnace Creek Resort in Death Valley National Park and five Ohio State Park Lodges as well as the Geneva Marina at Ohio’s Geneva State Park. Xanterra Parks & Resorts also operates Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va., Windstar Cruises, VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations and Austin Adventures.

Xanterra Parks & Resorts
6312 S. Fiddlers Green Circle
Suite 600 North
Greenwood Village, CO 80111

Media contact:
Mesereau Public Relations
1-720-842-5271


Known for its “Legendary Hospitality with a Softer Footprint,” Xanterra Parks & Resorts® entities include lodges, restaurants, tours and activities in national and state parks and resorts as well as a cruise line, railway and tour operator. Xanterra Parks & Resorts has operations in the Grand Canyon, including Grand Canyon Railway and The Grand Hotel in Tusayan, Ariz.; Yellowstone; Zion; Crater Lake; Rocky Mountain and Petrified Forest National Parks; Mount Rushmore National Memorial; Furnace Creek Resort in Death Valley National Park and five Ohio State Park Lodges as well as the Geneva Marina at Ohio’s Geneva State Park. Xanterra Parks & Resorts also operates Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va., Windstar Cruises and VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations.

Xanterra Parks & Resorts
6312 S. Fiddlers Green Circle
Suite 600 North
Greenwood Village, CO 80111

Media contact:
Mesereau Public Relations
1-720-842-5271
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