The government shutdown in October led to millions of dollars of lost revenue for national park lodges. To make up for it, several national park lodges, operated by Xanterra Parks & Resorts, are offering deep national park winter discounts.
Due to a major renovation project at the historic El Tovar at the Grand Canyon, Xanterra is discounting rooms by 30 percent. Rooms normally priced at $200 are available as low as $140. The Canyon Winter Escape package at Kachina and Thunderbird Lodges, both situated right on the rim of the Canyon, is available for $179-$189, which includes accommodations, breakfast for two, a motorcoach tour and gift shop discount. The Winter Value Rate at Maswik Lodge, located a short walk from the rim, has rooms from $87 to $118.
Winter is high season at Death Valley National Park and the Furnace Creek Resort is offering 30 percent off at the historic Inn at Furnace Creek (from $256 a night) and the family-friendly Ranch at Furnace Creek (from $121 a night). Rates are offered on select dates through March.
Zion National Park in southern Utah is dropping rates by as much as 50 percent at the in-park Zion Lodge, depending on the level of accommodations and package choice. A hotel room with breakfast runs about $105 in winter, compared to $209 in summer.