Traveling Green in National Parks

While visiting in Yellowstone or other national parks, you can make a difference by traveling greener.

Recycle & Compost
Most parks have recycling programs—be sure to inquire at visitor centers, front desks, or in the park newspaper about what can be recycled and where. Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to power a computer for three hours. We also have a robust composting program to keep organic waste such as food out of landfills. Click here for complete details on How to Sort Compostable Waste at Yellowstone.

Conserve Energy
When staying in a hotel, be sure to turn off lights and turn down the heat or air conditioning when you leave the room. Unplug any electronics or device chargers when not in use. Many consumer electronics continue to use power even when off!

Reuse Your Linens
Be sure to take advantage of any linen reuse programs and help save water and energy. If the hotel does not offer a program, contact the front desk and arrange for housekeeping to hold services during your stay.

Bring Your Own Reusable Water Bottle
Did you know that it takes 17 million barrels of oil a year to produce plastic water bottles? Instead of buying bottled water bring your own reusable container.

Bring Your Own Reusable Bag
Plan ahead and stash a reusable bag in your luggage—companies like Chico make compact styles for easy travel. Our society consumes almost 1 million plastic bags per minute and most end up in the landfill.

Give the Gift of Green
Bring home a green gift or souvenir when shopping in national park stores. Many stores offer crafts by local artisans, Made in the USA, organic and recycled-content products. When shopping in our retail gift shops in Yellowstone, look for descriptions that detail sustainable product attributes or ask the store clerk for assistance.

Eat Well
Look for sustainable menu options when dining out. For example, in Yellowstone our restaurants offer a variety of sustainable choices such as great tasting Marine Stewardship Council certified salmon, fair trade and organic coffee, and locally raised beef. In 2014, 38% of our food purchases in Yellowstone were sustainable!

Take a Tour
By taking a park tour or using park shuttles, you’ll not only have a great trip with a knowledgeable guide, but you’ll be eliminating the fuel usage and exhaust from your own private vehicle.