From the bloggers at Interstellar Orchard.
Most people who visit national parks never realize that the anyone other than National Park Service employees might be serving them.
The truth is, while the NPS man the entrance booths, staff the ranger desks, and hold interpretive programs and talks, most other services inside the park are not provided directly by the government.
Just about every restaurant, gift shop, gas station, and hotel you find inside a national park is being run by a concessionaire company that has a contract with the government that allows them to operate inside the park.
There are conditions placed on both sides by these contracts and they can switch hands from time to time.
Xanterra and Delaware North are the two big ones here inside of Yellowstone. If you’re a work-camper looking for a paying summer job inside a national park, it’s a lot easier to get one working for a concessionaire than working for the NPS itself.
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