Zion Lodge in Zion National Park, Utah, has become one of the first national park lodges in the USA to offer electric car charging stations to visitors of the park.
The lodge, which has received numerous awards for its sustainability initiatives, has installed two Level 2 Clipper Creek Dual CS 40 systems, which are free to use for park visitors and local residents, many of whom work for the National Park Service.
“Just as Zion Lodge is perpetually focused on enhancing our sustainability programs to minimize our environmental footprints, our guests are increasingly focused on softening their own footprints as travelers,” said Daisy Hobbs, general manager of the lodge. “We noticed more and more of our guests are driving electric vehicles, and we believe these charging stations will encourage them to relax and recharge their own personal batteries here at the lodge, with its stunning backdrop of red-rock cliffs, while they recharge their car batteries.”
Between November through March, visitors can drive their own vehicles into the park, whether or not they are staying at the lodge. Between April and October, only visitors with reservations at the lodge can do that. All other visitors must park their vehicles and use the free shuttle operated by the National Park Service.
Zion Lodge is 100% powered by wind and solar, which means that you are recharging your green car with green energy. We like that idea!
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Zion Lodge is operated by Xanterra Parks & Resorts, which has long been recognized and honored for its industry-leading sustainability initiatives, and has received many environmental awards for its programs. Once recent award is for an eco-friendly kitchen system that has saved more than one million gallons of water a year.
Since 2010, Ziion Lodge has used 19.4 percent less water, 4.2 percent less electricity, 44 percent fewer petroleum products, and increased the sustainable items in its gift shops by 68 percent.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a member of Historic Hotels of America, Zion Lodge offers the only accommodations in the park, with 76 hotel rooms, six suites, 40 cabins, restaurant and gift shop. I’ve stayed there myself, and loved both the ambiance and the view. Especially the view.
The lodge was designed by Gilbert Stanley Underwood in the 1920s. After a fire in 1966, the lodge was rebuilt in 100 days with the top priority being to restore guest services. The lodge’s original rustic design was sacrificed at the time but was restored to its original classic appearance in 1990.
Here’s hoping other National Park lodges follow Zion’s lead and plug into the idea of adding EV chargers for guests and local residents. Ditto powering the lodges completely with wind power or solar power, or a combination.
Find more green car and green travel stories by Green Car Examiner Evelyn Kanter on my blog, ecoXplorer.