|Harvey Girl in front of the Painted Desert Inn, 1950|
|Café at Painted Desert Community Complex, 1963|
In the more than 50 years since then, Fred Harvey Company has been bought and sold but the parent companies have continued to provide hospitality services in national parks and monuments across the country. Today, Xanterra Parks and Resorts still holds the contract to provide those services at Petrified Forest and is the largest concession company in the National Park Service.
|1963 and Today|
The current contract with Xanterra expires at the end of this year and the NPS has invited bids for a new contract starting in 2016. Xanterra has decided not to bid, ending what will be a 70 year run of providing hospitality services at Petrified Forest National Monument and National Park.
I want to thank Xanterra for this long partnership with the park and, in particular, for agreeing to continue to provide services the last 21 years on 1-year contract extensions. The company was not required to continue operating and could have said “enough is enough” at any time in those 21 years but they did not and continued to serve the visiting public. Xanterra has been a good partner with Petrified Forest over these many years and we are grateful for their long service to park visitors.