Reader Participation Day: Rating The Top Concessionaires

How was your room the last time you stayed in a national park lodging?/Kurt Repanshek file

Across the National Park System you’ll encounter a variety of concessionaires, but there are four main companies that manage lodgings and restaurants. How do they rate in your eyes?

Unless you’re a frequent, or even constant, park traveler, it can be hard to get an accurate impression of concession operations. Conditions can change from location to location, year to year, month to month, and perhaps even day to day. That understood, how would you rate the concessions operations in terms of cleanliness of your room, upkeep of lodging, service and meals in restaurants, staff helpfulness, and, of course, value?

Here are the major concessions companies and the parks they operate in:

Aramark Destinations

Badlands National Park, Cedar Pass Lodge

Bryce Canyon National Park, The Lodge at Bryce Canyon

Big Bend National Park, Chisos Mountains Lodge

Denali National Park and Preserve, Denali Park Village

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Glacier Bay Lodge

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Lake Powell Resorts and Marinas 

Grand Canyon National Park, Grand Canyon Lodge (North Rim)

Grand Teton National Park, Signal Mountain Lodge

Isle Royale National Park, Rock Harbor Lodge, Windigo Camper Cabins

Mesa Verde National Park, Far View Lodge

Olympic National Park, Log Cabin Resort, Lake Crescent Lodge, Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort

Yosemite National Park, The Ahwahnee Hotel, Yosemite Valley Lodge, Wawona Hotel

DNC Parks and Resorts

Grand Canyon National Park, Yavapai Lodge, 

Kings Canyon National Park, Cedar Grove Lodge, Grant Grove Cabins, John Muir Lodge

Olympic National Park, Kalaloch Lodge

Sequoia National Park, Wuksachi Lodge

Shenandoah National Park, Big Meadows Lodge, Lewis Mountain Cabins, Skyland


Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Volcano House

Mammoth Cave National Park, the Lodge at Mammoth Cave

Xanterra Travel Collection

Death Valley National Park, The Inn at Death Valley, The Ranch at Death Valley

Glacier National Park, Lake McDonald Lodge, Many Glacier Hotel, Rising Sun Motor Inn, Swiftcurrent Motor Inn, Village Inn at Apgar

Grand Canyon National Park, Bright Angel Lodge, El Tovar, Kachina Lodge, Maswick Lodge, Phantom Ranch, Thunderbird Lodge

Yellowstone National Park, Canyon Lodge, Lake Hotel, Lake Lodge, Grant Village, Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, Old Faithful Inn, Old Faithful Lodge, Old Faithful Snow Lodge, Roosevelt Lodge

Zion National Park, Zion Lodge

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