"Scenery is a hollow enjoyment to the tourist who sets out in the morning after an indigestible breakfast and a fitful night's sleep on an impossible bed." Stephen T. Mather, the first Director of the National Park Service
Director Mather believed only a well-rested and well-fed visitor would fully appreciate the wonders of our national parks. Beginning with Yellowstone National Park in 1872, private companies have worked with the National Park Service (NPS) in promoting the parks and serving visitors. Today, the NPS Commercial Services Program, mindful of this legacy, ensures visitors have access to high-quality visitor services so they may fully appreciate our natural and cultural treasures.
For more information on commercial services, visit NPS Concessions. For information about tourism, visit the National Tourism Program.