Transportation at Yellowstone National Park
- Reduced gasoline usage from 2013 to 2014 by 0.7%, which normalized by revenue from our 2000 baseline is an approximately 9% overall reduction in gasoline consumption. Diesel use increased slightly.
- Replaced two-stroke engines with cleaner-burning and more efficient four-stroke engines on all rental boats.
- We operate oversnow vehicles, including snowcoaches, in the wintertime that meet stringent NPS best available technology standards as part of collaborative efforts to reduce emissions and noise pollution in the park.
- Operates 15 hybrid Toyota Prius cars with high mpg.
- Partnered with NPS in 2015 to take on operation of 3 new Electric Vehicle Charging stations, the first to be offered in Yellowstone National Park. The first will be installed at Mammoth Hot Springs in Fall 2015.
- For the larger vehicles in our fleet, particularly diesel-powered buses, we are working on a three-year phase out of the oldest, least efficiently burning vehicles. This reduces carbon emissions and improves air quality for park visitors, wildlife and our overall climate. In addition, we have joined park partners for an ongoing educational campaign to reduce engine idling and trips that run at less-than-full capacity.
- Purchases new vehicles at the most fuel-efficient in their category according to the DOE website. Retires older vehicles with poor mpg during annual fleet purchase.
- Using five electric eneloop bikes—a pedal assisted, synergetic hybrid model—donated by Sanyo on locations to help reduce vehicle use.
Recharge your Battery with our Electric Vehicle Charging Station
In partnership with the National Park Service, and as supported by a U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities Grant, we recently installed Xanterra Park’s & Resort’s first guest-facing Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station at our Yellowstone National Park Lodges property. Now you and your car can both recharge your batteries when you visit the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel location, which is conveniently located just 5 miles from the park’s North Gate entrance in Gardiner, Montana. Two more Yellowstone stations will be installed in 2016.
Recognizing how guests get to and enjoy the National Parks is changing; EV’s are becoming more mainstream with over 200,000 electric vehicles on the road today in the United State. We’ve made the move to adapt by installing a Clipper Creek Dual Mount CS-40 Level 2 system that allows guests to charge their vehicles during the day or during an overnight visit free of charge. For more information about the charging stations, please see our User FAQ. The Clean Cities program and AAA also provide useful general information about EV’s, including how to choose zero- and low-emissions vehicles.
The environmental benefits of bringing such technology to Yellowstone are significant and include support of greenhouse gas emissions reductions, minimization of petroleum use, and overall air quality improvements associated with park visitation and traffic at Yellowstone. For almost two decades, Xanterra’s sustainability initiatives have significantly reduced the company’s environmental footprint. This installation, along with other sustainability initiatives, provides nearly 20 million visitors annually to Xanterra’s operations a unique opportunity to join the Softer Footprint journey.