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How To Be A Responsible Visitor

What You Can Do?

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.

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 wildlands, 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 non-governmental 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.


We’re a popular place to visit which means each of us, residents and visitors alike, need to strive to reduce impacts on the environment while visiting Jackson Hole. 

Following some simple practices will make an immeasurable difference that can ensure these natural resources will live on forever and can continue to be shared with the world such as Practice Energy Reduction, Water Conservation, Waste Reduction and Recycling, Green Purchasing, and Transportation Management

*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 are replaced only when necessary

Need more information? Explore our Explorer Magazine Travel Planner, which you can also explore electronically HERE. If you're already here, feel free to stop by one of our Visitor Centers where an experienced agent will be able to guide you in the right direction.