Green Travel

Here are a few tips to help you participate in keeping Zion “green” and sustainable:

During Your Visit

  • Bring a reusable water bottle! Zion has an award winning water bottle refilling program.
  • During peak season, plan on using the national park’s shuttle system within Zion and into the partnering community of Springdale .
  • Don’t forget to enjoy the walking tours! And walk whenever sensible.
  • Remember when your car is idling you are wasting energy. Turn your engine off when in line.
  • Don't allow anything to be thrown out of your car windows—ever.
  • Participate in local efforts to recycle. Keep an eye out for the conveniently placed bins inside Zion and in the surrounding community.
  • When faced with informational literature take only the brochures or maps needed. Or just access material online prior to arriving.
  • Why not pick up stray litter you see? Your efforts can make up for less considerate visitors.
  • Plan to buy souvenirs in local shops to support the local economy.
  • While on your trip try to learn about new waste saving procedures and see what you could implement at home and at work.

While camping or backpacking

  • Adapted from the principles of Leave No Trace.
  • Take only photos. Leave only footsteps; sage advice for any outdoor activity.
  • Campfires are permitted only in designated fire rings. Campfires are not permitted in the backcountry. If you plan on having a campfire, bring your own wood. Firewood gathering is not permitted in the National Park.
  • Use existing campground areas.
  • Food and waste should be stored in a manner that does not attract wildlife. Feeding wildlife is not only dangerous but it is illegal.
  • Make sure to dispose of any waste properly. There are garbage and recycling bins placed throughout the park.
  • Keep water areas clean by not putting human waste, soap, food, or trash in water sources. Bring bio-degradable products (soap, dish soap, toothpaste, etc.) to cut down on the harmful effects.
  • Stay on trails. Especially avoid areas that are roped off.
  • Be considerate of other visitors. Your activities should not affect the enjoyment of others’ activities while here in the park.

When staying in a hotel

  • Let the hotel know that it’s not necessary to change your sheets and towels every day
  • When you leave your hotel room, turn off the AC/heat, lights, TV and radio. Close the drapes.
  • Leave little bottles of amenities in the guestroom if unopened.
  • Keep bar soap wrappers and take used bars of soap home.
  • Patronize hotels, airlines, tour operators who support "greening" programs.
  • Do additional research about green travel and for more things you can do to reduce, reuse and recycle on your visit.

Last updated: February 24, 2015

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Zion National Park
1 Zion Park Blvd.
State Route 9

Springdale, UT 84767


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