At Zion Lodge, a Xanterra Parks & Resorts® property, we are passionate about maintaining the balance between a healthy environment and legendary hospitality in one of the most beautiful places on earth. Xanterra’s company values reflect a deep environmental ethic—one that we are committed to Zsustainability1at Zion for the long term. Our business decisions balance economic viability with ecological responsibility: we reduce and recycle waste, conserve energy and water, and educate our guests and employees about environmental stewardship.

We are proud of earning several recent environmental awards and certifications, including the National Park Service Environmental Achievement Award, ISO 14001:2004 Certification, and the Green Seal Gold Level Certification. We believe that increasing the sustainability of natural systems is not just good business, it is the right thing to do.

Since the late 1920s, guests have favored Zion’s Western Cabins for their rustic charm. Designed by Gilbert Stanley Underwood, the cabins feature beautiful stone fireplaces and open, log-truss ceilings. In 2010, we began a labor of love to make the cabins more efficient and comfortable, without sacrificing their quaint appeal.

A team of historic preservation experts and a LEED®-certified architect led the remodel, which updated the buildings’ water, heating, and electric systems, including installation of LED light fixtures designed and manufactured right here in Utah. We also commissioned FSC®-certified wood furniture and in-room recycling bins crafted to match the historic style of the cabins. All furnishings and construction materials that couldn’t be re-purposed on the property were donated to Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore® recycling and resale program.

Cabin Renovations

Since the late 1920s, guests have favored Zion’s Western Cabins for their rustic charm. Designed by Gilbert Stanley Underwood, the cabins feature beautiful stone fireplaces and open, log-truss ceilings.
In 2010, we began a labor of love to make the cabins more efficient and comfortable, without sacrificing their quaint appeal. A team of historic preservation experts and a LEED®-certified architect led the remodel, which updated the buildings’ water, heating, and electric systems, including installation of LED light fixtures designed and manufactured right here in Utah. We also commissioned FSC®-certified wood furniture and in-room recycling bins crafted to match the historic style of the cabins. All furnishings and construction materials that couldn’t be re-purposed on the property were donated to Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore® recycling
and resale program.

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Our Cabin Renovations led to:

  • 5.4% less electricity each year

  • 31,034 lbs less CO2 emmited annually

  • 3,600 lbs of recycled/reused building materials

 

 

Drinking Water

There’s nothing like a cool drink of water in the desert. Fortunately, Zion has some of the purest, tastiest spring water in the country—and it’s free! Yet for years, we watched guests sipping from disposable bottles of water, and tossing hundreds of thousands of them into our waste bins.

Buying bottled water can be expensive, and it’s hard on the environment—manufacturing, filling, and shipping plastic water bottles guzzles millions of barrels of oil each year, and most of them end up in landfills. So, in 2009, Xanterra, in partnership with the National Park Service, stopped selling bottled water in Zion National Park. To help folks stay hydrated, we installed a water-filling station and began selling only reusable water bottles. Eliminating bottled water immediately reduced more than 60,000 single-use plastic bottles from our waste stream … and inspired other communities to follow our lead.

Americans discard roughly 50 billion disposable water bottles a year, enough to fill 850,000 school buses!

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