FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The National Park Service has asked a major concessionaire to abandon efforts to trademark names of the Grand Canyon's most popular properties.
The Park Service issued a proposal Friday for a new 15-year contract for services at the Grand Canyon's South Rim. In it, the agency says it considers names like Phantom Ranch, Bright Angel Lodge and El Tovar to be property of the Park Service.
Xanterra Parks & Resorts filed trademark applications last year for roughly 20 names of historic Grand Canyon lodges and other properties. The company declined comment Friday on the Park Service's request for Xanterra to abandon those applications.
The Park Service says Xanterra's use of those names, and the nature and quality of goods and services are governed by a contract with the agency.