The National Park Service (NPS) has recently announced its selection of Destination Zion Lodge, LLC to oversee visitor services at Zion National Park, marking the beginning of a new 10-year concession contract. Effective January 1, 2025, Destination Zion Lodge will assume responsibility for lodging, food and beverage, and retail services within the park, following a competitive selection process.

This decision holds significant importance as it directly impacts the quality of visitor experiences at Zion National Park. The operation of the Zion Lodge concession contract plays a crucial role in meeting the diverse needs of park visitors, ensuring their satisfaction and enjoyment.

The solicitation for bids for the Zion Lodge concession contract was initially released by the NPS on September 27, 2023. After thorough consideration, the contract was awarded to Destination Zion Lodge, a subsidiary of POWDR Corp. Known for its extensive experience in operating ski resorts, POWDR Corp brings a wealth of expertise in lodging and food service management to the table.


The outgoing concession contractor, Xanterra Parks and Resorts, Inc., has been serving visitors at Zion National Park for over five decades since 1972. Despite the transition to Destination Zion Lodge, Xanterra will continue to provide concessions facilities until the new contract commences in January 2025. Importantly, visitors can expect minimal disruption during this transition period, ensuring continuity in the delivery of services within the park.

Overall, the selection of Destination Zion Lodge reflects the NPS's commitment to enhancing visitor experiences while maintaining the natural integrity of Zion National Park. With its proven track record and expertise, Destination Zion Lodge is poised to uphold the standards of service excellence expected by park visitors for years to come.

24 Disturbing(ish) Facts About the Class of 2024 👀

It's the season of dads and grads. Well, the season of grads anyways, but I like that rhyme.

People graduating from high school in 2024 were born around 2006. Well into the 21st century.

It's kind of hard for people, like me, born waaaaaayyyyy back in the nineteen hundreds to grasp how different their world is from the one we grew up in.

So, in honor of those wrapping up their high school careers in 2024, and to make the rest of us feel old, I present a list of disturbing(ish) facts about the class of 2024.

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