What is Sustainable Tourism?
Sustainable Tourism is tourism that leads to the management of all resources in such a way that economic, social and aesthetic needs can be fulfilled while maintaining cultural integrity, essential ecological processes, biological diversity and life support systems.
Planning a Trip to Jackson Hole?
Congratulations! You have chosen a remarkable destination that needs your help. Come to Jackson Hole to learn about the culture and heritage of northwest Wyoming, the location of the world’s first national park, Yellowstone.
Teton County, comprised of Jackson Hole, Grand Teton, and Yellowstone National Parks, knows that the success of our economy is tied directly to the health of our environment and community. Teton County is one of the most beautiful places on earth, with stunning vistas and pristine wild lands, an abundance of wildlife, unparalleled recreational opportunities, authentic western heritage, and a vibrant cultural and local business community. In order to protect, promote, and sustain these qualities and become a truly sustainable tourism destination, businesses, local government, and nongovernmental organizations have been implementing sustainability measures in our buildings and infrastructure, energy sources, operations, and logistics. Importantly, our community is working together to protect and sustain what makes the experience of being here authentic and treasured for visitors and residents alike.
Jackson Hole Visitor Sustainability Practices: What You Can Do
Strive to reduce impacts on the environment while visiting Jackson Hole. Practice the following, so we can ensure these resources will live on forever:
Waste Reduction and Recycling
When Visiting our Natural Resources:
Return unused brochures & guides (only take what you will use)
Use hand dryers or air dry your hands
Bring washable reusable rags versus paper towels
Recycle as much as you can: this includes bear spray & propane canisters
Take only pictures, leave only footprints
When Getting Around:
Walk or bike as much as possible
Carpool or use public transportation (As a group, consider taking turns with one car)
Always drive the speed limit or less (You will see more wildlife and keep them and you safe)
Don’t idle your car
When Shopping or Eating:
Always use a reusable shopping bag and refillable water bottles and coffee mugs
Support businesses with sustainable green practices
Eat and buy locally made and grown products as much as possible
When staying at a Hotel:
Turn off lights and TV when not using them
Turn down the heat and air conditioner while not in the room
Bring and use your own toiletries when possible
Request towels and sheets be replaced only when necessary