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Xanterra South Rim Completes Extensive Renovations
of the Thunderbird and Kachina Lodges

Located on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona

GRAND CANYON, Ariz.– May 25, 2012
– Thunderbird and Kachina Lodges, located on the South Rim   of Grand Canyon National Park reopened April 1 after completing an extensive renovation. The lodges closed Jan. 2, 2012 for renovations of guest rooms, meeting rooms and common areas.

Kachina and Thunderbird Lodges are properties of similar design with the same room types on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. The lodges feature a total of 104 rooms and are located directly on the rim of the canyon where guests are just steps from the rim trail. They are also located near two other rim hotels – El Tovar and Bright Angel Lodge – as well as restaurants, shops and historic structures of Grand Canyon Village.

Both lodges feature rooms with either two queen beds or one king bed as well as in-room single-serving coffee brewer, refrigerator, safe, television, telephone, and full bath. Kachina Lodge has two rooms designed for guests with physical disabilities, and Thunderbird Lodge has three ADA-compliant rooms.

Enhancements to the guest rooms included replacement of selected exterior guest room doors; redesign of closet space to include shelving and doors to accommodate the in-room safe and coffee pot setups, irons, ironing boards and luggage racks; installation of wall-mounted lighting; new paint; new wall photographs; new carpeting and pads; refurbished furniture with granite tops; a variety of  soft goods; flat screen televisions in all rooms and general maintenance in bathrooms.

Public spaces feature new furnishings, doors, carpet, lighting and artwork, and bathrooms were repaired and upgraded. Meeting rooms and exteriors were upgraded as well.

Xanterra South Rim L.L.C.*, operator of lodges, restaurants and activities in Grand Canyon National Park, oversaw the project.
Xanterra also operates a variety of interpretive motorcoach tours, restaurants, gift shops and mule rides.

Visitors can book their rooms online by visiting or by calling toll-free 1-888-297-2757 or 1-303-297-2757 from outside the United States. You can learn more about the park by visiting

About Xanterra Parks & Resorts

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 five 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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