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If you haven't visited the Grand Canyon for several years, you may wonder where the concessionaire, Grand Canyon National Park Lodges, disappeared to. Actually, the company operating the lodging and dining inside the park is still the same; they've just updated their company name to Xanterra.
Xanterra also operates concessions on the North Rim of the canyon, along with Death Valley, Yellowstone, Zion, Bryce, and even Mount Rushmore, and has a long history in the park system. Originally the Fred Harvey Company, they were the first company to offer services inside national parks like the Grand Canyon.
You also may wonder about lodging all those employees that serve you during your visit to the canyon. Yes, that's right, all the Park Service employees and Xanterra employees work in the park, but live there too! There are a limited number of homes and cabins located inside the park, where some employees live. However, most of the staff live in several dormitories located inside the park, just off the rim, or outside the park in Tusayan.