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Xanterra South Rim Restores and Reopens the Historic
Red Horse Cabin at South Rim of Grand Canyon National
Park in Arizona for Overnight Accommodations

Built in 1890 it has been Closed to Guests for More than 40 Years

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. – January 9, 2012
Xanterra South Rim L.L.C.*, operator of lodges, restaurants and activities in Grand Canyon National Park, has completed restoration and rehabilitation of the “Red Horse Cabin,” the oldest building at the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. The two-bedroom cabin is now available to overnight guests.

Built in 1890, the cabin was moved from the Red Horse Ranch in 1902 by local businessman – and later United States Senator – Ralph Cameron for use as a tourist hotel at the head of the Bright Angel Trail. From 1910 to 1935 it served as the Post Office for Grand Canyon Village.

At that time, the cabin was slated for demolition, but noted architect Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter intervened and convinced building owner Santa Fe Railway and concessioner Fred Harvey Company to remodel and restore the cabin for guest use. Colter incorporated the cabin into the Bright Angel Lodge complex along with several other cabins. The cabin was used as guest accommodations for several years but for at least the past 40 years has been used for storage.

“This is an exciting development for all of us who appreciate the history of Grand Canyon Village,” said Jon Streit, general manager of Xanterra South Rim. “Our historic accommodations such as the Buckey O’Neill Cabin, Phantom Ranch and El Tovar are always among the first to be requested by our guests.”

Xanterra’s engineering department, along with DL Norton Construction, was faced with the challenge of updating the cabin to today’s standards of building and comfort while maintaining historical integrity. The National Park Service and the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office provided oversight for the project. For example, the roof was replaced by new cedar shingles that matched the existing materials, and flashing was treated to a weathered look. The crew paid special attention to the foundations and exterior hewn log walls by replacing and repairing mortar and chinking.

Architectural features such as the fireplace stone and brick work were kept as much intact as possible, and some plumbing fixtures were resurfaced. Existing light fixtures were cleaned and rewired to meet all current codes. The crew also worked on windows, flooring, painting, heating, interior walls, insulation, fire suppression/detection, case goods and soft goods.

The rate for the two-bedroom cabin is $340 per night. Reservations can be made online by visiting or by calling toll-free 1-888-297-2757 or 1-303-297-2757 from outside the United States.

Located just a few feet from the Canyon rim, Bright Angel Lodge is a Registered National Historic Landmark. Accommodations consist of 38 lodge rooms (some without a private bath), 49 historic cabin rooms (all with private bath) and three suites.

The lodge has a family-style restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and the Arizona Room features Southwestern cuisine for lunch and dinner. Bright Angel Lodge is also the check-in point for the world-famous Grand Canyon mule rides

Xanterra Parks & Resorts® (consisting of several affiliated Xanterra entities) operates lodges, restaurants, tours and activities at national parks and state parks and resorts. Xanterra Parks & Resorts is the country’s largest park concessioner. Xanterra Parks & Resorts has operations in the following locations: Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Zion, Crater Lake, Rocky Mountain and Petrified Forest National Parks, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Furnace Creek Resort in Death Valley National Park, Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va. and eight Ohio State Park Lodges as well as the Geneva Marina at Ohio’s Geneva State Park. Xanterra Parks & Resorts also operates Windstar Cruises as well as Grand Canyon Railway in Williams, Ariz.

Xanterra Parks & Resorts has been committed to the preservation and protection of the environment for many years. Through its environmental program, “Ecologix,” Xanterra Parks & Resorts has been recognized repeatedly for environmental leadership in the hospitality industry and is the recipient of many honors, including major awards from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Environmental Protection Agency, Travel Industry Association of America, American Hotel and Lodging Association, National Parks Conservation Association, Conde Nast Traveler, National Geographic Traveler, Colorado Department of Public Health, State of Arizona, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and Utah Department of Environmental Quality.

For more information about Xanterra Parks & Resorts, links to individual properties and reservations numbers, visit

Xanterra Parks & Resorts
6312 S. Fiddlers Green Circle
Suite 600 North
Greenwood Village, CO 80111

Media contact:
Mesereau Public Relations

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