Holiday Shopping For National Park Enthusiasts? Look Online For Products From Yellowstone, Grand Canyon And Other Popular Parks
Holiday shoppers looking for distinctive and affordable gifts for the national park enthusiasts on their lists will find plenty of ideas in an unexpected place – online gift stores featuring popular products from retail stores in Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Crater Lake, Death Valley and Rocky Mountain National Parks and Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Grand Canyon Railway also features an online store. All of the shops are operated by concessioner Xanterra Parks & Resorts.
“U.S. national park visitors are enthusiastic but highly discerning gift store shoppers when they visit a park in person, and they understandably expect – and we deliver – quality products at a fair price,” said Bill Bub, vice president of retail for Xanterra, operator of the concessions in the parks. “Both our online and physical stores feature a choice of products that are hand-crafted by local artisans and other high-quality keepsakes that show off the talents of local craftspeople or reflect the destination.”
Bub added that the parks have long been committed to offering environmentally friendly items, and many products available online reflect that commitment. “Sustainable or environmentally friendly products include those that are made from renewable or recycled materials, locally made, recyclable, organic or made by a company with socially responsible practices,” he said. “For example, we offer an array of locally made food products like ‘Wild Huckleberry Jam’ from Yellowstone, ‘Desert Creatures Hot Sauces’ from Death Valley and Oregon-made ‘Cary’s English Toffee’ from Crater Lake Lodge.”
Here are a few other examples of online gift store items available to holiday shoppers:
Rocky Mountain National Park – The likeness of an elk from this rugged park is on this Colorado-made handcrafted 20-ounce mug. Rocky Mountain National Park is famous for its vistas and wildlife, and the Trail Ridge Gift Store – open during the park’s summer season – sells many other products that reflect the rugged park.
Yellowstone National Park – The Yellowstone Ultimate Adventure Planner is a great gift idea for anyone who has a future Yellowstone traveler on their list. Priced at $69.99, this gift set includes a Yellowstone DVD, a colorful book about wildlife in Yellowstone and adjacent Grand Teton National Park, book featuring easy day hikes in Yellowstone, illustrated trail map, field guide to the park’s geothermal features, field guide to mammals and parks in Yellowstone and Grand Teton and other materials that will help make trip planning a breeze.
Death Valley National Park – Furnace Creek Resort offers its popular date nut bread for $8.99. The resort’s bakery prepares more than 10,000 loaves every year following the same recipe that has been used for decades.
Grand Canyon Railway – Located in Williams, Ariz., Grand Canyon Railway provides a family-friendly Western experience during its two-hour and 15-minute excursion to Grand Canyon National Park. A popular coffee table book, “The Grand Canyon Railway: Sixty Years in Color,” tells the story of the train’s history and its importance in the development of tourism to Grand Canyon National Park.
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 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, Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va. and 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.com.
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