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about us

Xanterra Parks & Resorts is the primary authorized concessioner in Deer Creek, Maumee Bay, Mohican, Punderson Manor, and Salt Fork State Parks, and as such, we are proud stewards of the parks. We are also your direct in-park source for lodging and activities and we never charge a booking fee to make reservations. We also manage and maintain the in-park facilities for which we take reservations. We are committed to helping you find your ultimate Ohio State Park experience and we invite you to discover, or rediscover, the magic of Ohio’s beautiful and historic state parks.

We invite you to learn more about Xanterra Parks & Resorts or visit our other destinations.

National Park Operations

  • Crater Lake National Park
  • Death Valley National Park
  • Grand Canyon National Park South Rim
  • Mount Rushmore National Memorial
  • Petrified Forest National Park
  • Glacier National Park
  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Zion National Park

Ohio State Park Lodges

  • Ohio State Park Lodges and Conference Centers
  • Maumee Bay Lodge and Conference Center
  • Mohican Lodge and Conference Center
  • Punderson Manor Lodge and Conference Center
  • Ohio State Park Lodge and Conference Center
  • Geneva State Park Marina

Resorts & Other Holdings

  • Furnace Creek Resort, Death Valley, California
  • Grand Canyon Railway, Williams, Arizona

Xanterra Kingsmill, LLC

Kingsmill Resort, Williamsburg, VA

Windstar Cruises, LLC

Windstar Cruises, Seattle, WA

The Road to Xanterra

Our Company philosophy of warm and friendly hospitality began 135 years ago with Fred Harvey, a 19th century visionary who provided weary travelers on the Santa Fe Railroad with a warm bed and a home-cooked meal. Today, we are the largest park management company in the nation, with operations spanning from Yellowstone to Grand Canyon, and we remain true to the legacy of simple hospitality established by Fred Harvey.

Our name “Xanterra” is derived from “Xanadu,” originated in the poem Kubla Khan by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who depicts Xanadu as an idyllic and beautiful paradise, and from “terra,” the Latin word for earth. Thus, the name means “beautiful places on earth.”

At Xanterra we recognize the interdependence between our resorts and the natural environment and we are committed to the preservation and protection of the environment in each of our “beautiful places on earth.” For this reason, we’ve:

  • Banned endangered fish from all our menus
  • Installed emission controls on our tour buses
  • Reduced our global greenhouse gas emissions
  • Reduced our energy and water consumption.
  • And, we will continue to set the standard for ecologically sound resorts that complement, not harm, their natural surroundings.