Our commitment

Xanterra Parks & Resorts, official National Park Service concessionaire for Zion National Park, is committed to long-term business practices that aid the environment. Below are just a few of our initiatives.

  • 100% Renewable Energy Offsets
  • LED Nightlights in all motel rooms
  • Recycled content carpet throughout Motel rooms
  • ISO 14001 certification
  • Reduced fleet by 23% in 2010, reduce fuel consumption by 43.2% in 2010
  • Installed Melink Intelli-Hood in kitchen
  • Winner of the Utah Department of Environmental Quality Pollution Prevention Association Outstanding Achievement Award for guest outreach
  • Received Green Seal Lodging Certification (GS-33) Gold level, becoming one of only three hotels certified at that level
  • 100% Off-Set of Overnight Guest Carbon emissions through renewable energy purchases
  • First property to eliminate the sale of bottled water
  • Provide each staff member with BPA-free water bottle
  • Implemented a Green Cleaning Plan compliant with GS-42 standard
  • Improved retail outreach on environmentally preferable products using a scorecard system
  • Outreach signage on recycling and climate change were added to the restroom stalls in the lodge
  • Park Beautification Day included participation of 6 employees who cleaned waste receptacles and collected litter
  • Installed a re-circulating cooling water system for the walk-in coolers (water savings 800,000 gallons)
  • Received Utah Pollution Prevention Association 2012 Meritorious Achievement Award

Environmental Awards, Honors and Certifications (since 2001)

U.S. Department of the Interior, Environmental Achievement Award

Grand Canyon Railway, 2011 Sustainable design, Crater Lake Lodge, 2007 Green purchasing, Grand Canyon Lodges, 2007 Waste management, Painted Desert Oasis, Petrified Forest National Park, 2007 Environmental stewardship, Yellowstone National Park Lodges, 2006 Environmental performance in energy management, Yellowstone National Park Lodges, 2004 Environmental performance in environmental management systems, Zion Lodge, Zion National Park 2004 Death Valley Sustainability Committee, Furnace Creek Resort, Death Valley National Park, 2002 Pollution prevention, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, 2001 Energy conservation, Zion Lodge, Zion National Park 2001 Waste reduction, Yellowstone National Park Lodges, 2001

National Park Service, Environmental Achievement Award

Building our future category, Grand Canyon Lodges, 2012 Yellowstone National Park Lodges, 2011 Zion Lodge, Zion National Park, 2009 Yellowstone National Park Lodges, 2009 Grand Canyon Lodges, Phantom Ranch, 2009 Bryce Canyon Lodge, Bryce Canyon National Park, 2009 Yellowstone National Park Lodge, 2005

  • Environmental Protection Agency, Environmental Achievement Award Yellowstone National Park Lodges, 2007 Yellowstone National Park Lodges, 2006
  • Environmental Protection Agency, Performance Track Corporate Leader Award Xanterra Parks & Resorts, Exceptional Environmental Performance, 2006
  • Environmental Protection Agency, Gold Achievement Award Grand Canyon Lodges, Green Purchasing, 2006
  • Environmental Protection Agency (Region 9), Superior Environmental Performance Award Grand Canyon Lodges and Furnace Creek Resort, Death Valley National Park, 2003
  • American Hotel & Lodging Association, Stars of the Industry Earthkeeping Award Four-time winner, 2005-2008, 2010
  • Virgin Holidays, Responsible Tourism Award Responsible Transport, Grand Canyon Railway, 2012
  • Travel Industry Association, Odyssey Award, National Geographic Magazine Geotourism Award for Sustaining Environment of a Place, two-time winner, 2005, 2007
  • Travel Industry Association, Odyssey Award Xanterra Parks & Resorts, 2001
  • HotelWorld, Global Hospitality and Design Award, Sustainable Hotel of the Year Zion Lodge, Zion National Park, 2008
  • Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International, Adrian Award for Green Marketing Xanterra Parks & Resorts, 2005
  • ColoradoBiz Magazine, Top Company of the Year Award Xanterra Parks & Resorts, 2005
  • Arizona Hotel and Lodging Association, Special Achievement Award Grand Canyon Railway, 2009
  • Arizona Hotel and Lodging Association, Certified Green Status Grand Canyon Railway, 2011
  • American Society of Travel Agents, Environmental Achievement Award Xanterra Parks & Resorts, 2004
  • Utah Department of Environmental Quality, Clean Utah! Award and Outstanding Achievement in Pollution Prevention Four-time winner, 2004, 2008-2010.
  • California State Legislature, Certificate of Recognition, Outstanding Recycling Silverado Resort, Napa, Calif., 2009
  • Utah Business Magazine, Green Business of the Year, Overall Winner Zion Lodge, Zion National Park, Green Suites and Water Bottle Ban programs, 2009
  • American Association for Retail Environments, Consumer Education and Outreach Award For Future Generations: Yellowstone Gifts retail store at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, 2010
  • California Public Utilities Commission, Flex Your Power Award Furnace Creek Resort, Death Valley National Park, Demand Response Category for solar PV system, 2008
  • Association for Retail Environments, Sustainability Award Yellowstone National Park Lodges, Consumer Education & Outreach, For Future Generations: Yellowstone Gifts, 2010
  • Colorado .Department of Public Health and Environment, Gold Environmental Achievement Award Trail Ridge Gift Store, Rocky Mountain National Park, 2006-2010
  • Napa County, Green Award Silverado Resort, 2007
  • National Registry of Environmental Professionals; Environment, Health and Safety Management Systems, Infrastructure and Training Award Xanterra Parks & Resorts, 2006
  • Hazardous Materials Management Association, Environmental Excellence Award Yellowstone National Park Lodges, 2005, On-site Camper Propane Bottle Recovery Unit
  • Environmental Design and Construction Magazine, Innovation in Design Award Yellowstone National Park Lodges, LEED-certified housing, 2005
  • Charter Institute of Environmental Health, Green Apple Award, Companywide Sustainability Xanterra Parks & Resorts, 2004
  • Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Environmental Achievement Award, Sustainability Reporting and Pollution Prevention Xanterra Parks & Resorts, 2004
  • State of Arizona Governor’s Tourism Award Grand Canyon Lodges, two-time winner, 2003, 2004
  • Conde Nast Traveler Magazine, Ecotourism Award Grand Canyon Lodges, 2004