|YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK – June 21, 1999 – The new Dunraven
Lodge in Yellowstone National Park’s Grand Canyon area is completed and
has opened on time, within budget, and required no federal funding. The
lodge was funded through corporate capital and fees collected by concessioner
Amfac Parks & Resorts which operates lodges, restaurants, gift shops,
tours and activities within the park. Amfac returns 20 percent of the revenues
it collects in Yellowstone directly to the park, and half of those fees
are designated for capital improvements.
The $3.7 million project features frame construction with log and rock trim and wood shingles. Its four floors contain 44 rooms including five handicap-accessible rooms. Dunraven Lodge replaces frontier cabins built in the 1960s and which had far exceeded their planned lifespan. The new lobby features rustic wooden furniture and serve both Dunraven and its companion facility, the Cascade Lodge. The project is designed to blend into the environment both visually and functionally.
“As with the completion of the Old Faithful Snow Lodge last month, the opening of the Dunraven Lodge is another testament to what cooperation and common goals can achieve,” said Jim McCaleb, general manager for Amfac Parks & Resorts. “The visitor experience in Yellowstone is like none other in the world, and only through continued effort can we make it happen.”
“We are tremendously pleased to participate in the improvement in the world’s first national park,” said Andrew Todd, president and CEO of Amfac. “Because no one group or entity can do it all, public/private partnerships help the National Park Service take on the challenges of maintaining and operating Yellowstone.”
In May of this year, Amfac and the National Park Service dedicated the
award-winning Old Faithful Snow Lodge in Yellowstone. Both the Dunraven
Lodge and the Snow Lodge are reminiscent of national park lodges built
earlier in the century with the philosophy of lodges being more than simply
accommodations at the end of a day of exploration in the park.
Amfac Parks & Resorts is the country’s largest national and state park and resort management company. In addition to concessions at the Yellowstone National Park, Amfac operates lodges, restaurants and other concessions at the North and South Rims of Grand Canyon National Park, Death Valley National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, Petrified Forest National Park, Everglades National Park and Mount Rushmore National Memorial. The company also manages resorts in Napa, Calif.; Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; Nebraska City, Neb.; and at eight Ohio State Parks and three North Georgia State Parks. For reservations at national park lodges other than Yellowstone, call (1) 303-297-2757 or visit Amfac’s web site at www.amfac.com.
|Also See:||Newly Constructed Old Faithful Snow Lodge Opens at Yellowstone National Park / July 1998|
|El Tovar Hotel and Grand Canyon National Park to Reopen after $1 Million Renovation / Mar 1998|