Xanterra Parks & Resorts offers vistas ranging from the peaks of the Colorado Rocky Mountains to the stark desert dunes of Death Valley. The company's legacy of hospitality leadership dates back more than a century, when the Fred Harvey Company began providing quality hotels and restaurants for weary travelers making their way west. Today, the Fred Harvey Company is known as Xanterra Parks & Resorts - the largest national and state park concessionaire in the United States. Each year, more than 18 million people visit the national and state parks where Xanterra manages concessions.
These include the national parks at Yellowstone, South Rim of the Grand Canyon, Zion, Crater Lake, Death Valley, Rocky Mountain, Petrified Forest and Mount Rushmore National Memorial, as well as facilities at seven Ohio State Parks and two privately owned resorts in California - Silverado Resort & Spa in Napa Valley and the Furnace Creek Resort in Death Valley National Park. Xanterra also owns and operates the Grand Canyon Railway in Williams, AZ.
Xanterra has over 7,000 employees during peak season operating 33 hotels and lodges with more than 5,000 guest rooms, 42 retail stores, 64 restaurants, three marinas, five golf courses and 1,800 campsites within national and state parks.
As the largest national and state park concessionaire, Xanterra believes it is its responsibility to continually push the limits of environmental sustainability in the tourism industry. Seven years ago, the company established Ecologix, its intranet-based Environmental Management System (EMS), which provides a framework of "logical integration of ecology and business." Through Ecologix, Xanterra has institutionalized programs that protect the fragile ecosystems surrounding the company's hotels, shops, restaurants and support facilities.
"Our business decisions balance economic viability with ecological responsibility. We reduce and recycle waste, conserve energy and water, and educate our guests and employees on environmental stewardship. We believe that increasing the sustainability of natural systems is not just good business, it is the right thing to do."
Xanterra has received numerous environmental awards over the years, including recognition from The Environmental Protection Agency, Department of the Interior, the National Park Service, the Distinguished EPA Corporate Leader Award in 2006 and the National Park Service's 2008 Environmental Achievement Award.