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Grand Canyon National Park, South Rim
Xanterra Parks and Resorts® is committed to environmental stewardship in all aspects of our business. This stewardship is a visible component at every one of our 28 properties including Xanterra South Rim, LLC. However, when evaluating a "sense of culture" in regards to environmental stewardship, one specific property stands alone.
In such a remote area as Grand Canyon National Park, every environmental program undergoes thorough review. We implement practices to minimize refuse we can not recycle. We strive to conserve our precious natural resources through energy conservation and awareness. Our remoteness at the South Rim is only topped by the extreme remoteness of our Phantom Ranch operation.
A View of Phantom Ranch
After an eleven-mile hike, five hour mule ride, or several day river raft ride, you will arrive at one of the most remote hospitality locations in the country. No matter the transportation you choose, you will learn about environmental stewardship along the way. Hikers learn about composting toilets and water conservation through postings by the National Park Service. Mule riders are educated about litter control, water resources, and the first system of hybrid (mule) transportation that built the trails 100 years ago. River riders also learn about the environment and terrain that formed the canyon. Regardless of the transportation, once you step into the inner gorge, you are transported to a pristine wilderness and - whether consciously or unconsciously - you thank those before you with foresight to preserve this amazing place.
- Reusable plastic bottles are given to hikers needing an extra water bottle
- Supply boxes are reused to pack out recyclables
- Food bags are reused as ice packs for sore hikers
- Hay feed bags for the mules are reused for duffel pack service for guests
Due to the small sewage treatment facility on site, Phantom Ranch has an extensive water conservation program in place. Additionally, all of the detergents and chemicals used at Phantom Ranch have been deemed environmental-friendly with most having achieved green seal certification.
Pack Mules Carry Supplies across the River to Phantom Ranch
Phantom Ranch remains extremely conscious of all operating supplies. All supplies arrive by mule and all trash goes out by mule. Phantom Ranch does not stock plastic cup lids or straws. This eliminates dozens of cases that would be hauled in to be used one time and hauled out. The lunch menu was recently revised to include an electrolyte replacement system powder mix instead of canned juice. This alone saved about 250 pounds per week in supplies. In additional, smaller programs have also been implemented. Staff now serves ketchup at breakfast by request only. This has saved an additional 40 pounds a week. These simple changes have saved 15,000 pound of supplies from being hauled in (and out) just this year.