Environmental Initiatives

  • Replaced outdated diesel tour buses with buses powered by cleaner-burning compressed natural gas
  • Partnered with the Bearizona Wildlife Park in nearby Williams where the buses were deconstructed buses as structural components to create a mountain-like waterfall in one of the animal habitats
  • Stopped the sale of plastic water bottles
  • Installed hydration stations to fill reusable water bottles
  • Renovated the historic Red Horse Cabin last year and recycled all of the waste except what fit into three trash cans
  • Completed LED lighting renovations at retail operations
  • Purchased renewable energy credits to offset 25 percent of electricity consumption
  • Opened “For Future Generations: Grand Canyon Gifts,” the Maswik Lodge gift store. Using displays and signage, the store offers educational information about the environmental impacts of the products in the store so guests can make informed purchase choices. Displayed on fixtures with sustainable components, examples of products for sale in the store include Arizona hand-made pottery, local pinyon pine incense and reusable water bottles made from recycled materials
  • Purchased more than 29 percent of total food and beverage from sustainable sources such as seafood suppliers and locally grown produce and beef from ranchers.
  • Retrofitted lamps in Bright Angel Lodge to T-5 lamps
  • Increased composting capabilities at Phantom Ranch
  • Renovated seven suites at El Tovar using luxury bedding manufactured from post-consumer recycled materials,furniture using Forest Stewardship Council-certified woods, sustainable carpet, framing for artwork using recycled scrap wood, zero volatile organic compound-paints, water-based finishes and low-formaldehyde wood content

About Grand Canyon Lodges

The lodges, retail shops, restaurants and other concessions such as mule rides and motorcoach tours at the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park are operated by Xanterra Parks & Resorts’ Grand Canyon National Park Lodges. The company manages seven distinctly different hotel properties, the only lodging in the park, 11 restaurants and 11 retail shops. Many structures have become recognized for their historic significance and are famous in their own right.