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"There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy, and its charm."

- Theodore Roosevelt -

Tourism Policies

The NPS tourism policies support and promote appropriate visitor use through cooperation and coordination with the tourism industry. These policies are guided by the following principles:Volunteer in a high tree


1. Develop and maintain a constructive dialogue and outreach effort to all stakeholders.


2. Establish and nurture tourism driven relationships to offer the visitor a high quality service.


3. Work in partnership with industry professional to promote a triple-bottom line approach (economic, social, and ecological consideration) to offering tourism products.


4. Showcase environmental leadership demonstrated by the NPS and its affiliates.


NPS Management Policies (2006) - Tourism Section

This document illustrates the integration of tourism into the organization's management policies.

Director's Orders # 17

This order was effective September 28, 1999. The document defines how the National Park Service will utilize the Tourism Policy to promote and support sustainable, responsible, informed, and managed visitor use.

Other Director's Orders

Click on the link to access other Director's Orders relevant to tourism, including commercial permits, film permits, and fee policy.

Travel Promotion Act Briefing Statement

This document gives a background on the Travel Promotion Act and describes its implications for the NPS.

last modified 2-1-10