Xanterra (known as Amfac until 2002) was formed in 1995 through the acquisition of TW Recreational Services, a business that traced its history back to 1905. Then, as the Fred Harvey Co., it began managing concessions operations in national parks. It was acquired by the Anschutz Corp. in 2008.
Xanterra is the largest national park concessioner in the country, with operations in Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Crater Lake, Death Valley, Petrified Forest and Zion National Parks as well as Mount Rushmore National Memorial. The company also operates Grand Canyon Railway, five Ohio State Park lodges and the Geneva Marina in northeast Ohio. It has over 7,500 employees.
In early 2013, Xanterra was awarded a 20-year contract extension to operate concessions in Yellowstone National Park. Later in the year it won a 16-year contract to operate lodging, restaurants, retail and the famous Red Buses in Glacier National Park.
In recent years, Xanterra has diversified into other businesses, acquiring Windstar Cruises, Kingsmill Resort., VBT Bicycling & Touring, The Grand Hotel in Tusayan, AZ, and Austin Adventures in Billings, MT.