Colorado: Leading the way in sustainable and responsible tourism
When it comes to sustainability, Colorado has long been at the forefront
Colorado encourages visitors to adopt responsible practices for a more sustainable vacation.
Nestled in the Rocky Mountains, the US state is dedicated to preserving its extraordinary natural resources for future generations.
Renewable Energy Revolution: Cities and Ski Resorts Taking Charge
Leading the charge are cities and ski resorts that have embraced renewable energy.
Aspen, renowned for its skiing, operates entirely on renewable sources, with 46% hydroelectric power, 53% wind power, and 1% landfill gas. Glenwood Springs, famous for its hot springs, became self-sufficient in 2019, utilising a combination of wind, solar, and hydroelectric power.
Vail and Breckenridge are among the world’s only three certified sustainable ski resorts, while the capital city of Denver consistently ranks as one of the greenest cities in the country.
Colorado’s Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles
Colorado has also made significant strides in promoting electric vehicles. The Colorado Tourism Authority, in collaboration with the Department of Transportation and the Bureau of Energy, has prioritised the installation of electric vehicle charging stations along the state’s 26 tourist routes.
A total of 13 highways, including Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park, now have charging stations, helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
In terms of transportation, Denver International Airport (DEN) leads the way as the largest solar-powered airport in the United States.
The state also offers various train and bus options, including the iconic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and the Amtrak “California Zephyr” line.
Eco-Friendly Transportation Options
To minimise their carbon footprint, visitors are encouraged to use local buses, shuttles, and self-service or rental electric bikes.
These are available in several towns including Breckenridge, Fort Collins, Steamboat Springs, and Aspen Snowmass.
Sustainable Stays: Accommodations Championing Green Initiatives
Colorado’s commitment to sustainability extends to its accommodation options.
Ranches, resorts, and hotels are implementing renewable energy solutions, sustainable agriculture practices, and eco-friendly materials.
Notable examples include the St Julien Hotel in Boulder, the Viceroy in Snowmass, and the Dunton Hot Springs in Dolores County.
A local and sustainable Cuisine
In addition to sustainable practices, Colorado is known for its culinary scene. Eating local is highly encouraged, with farmers’ markets and farm-to-table dinners being popular attractions. Breweries and distilleries in the state are also dedicated to green and zero-waste production systems.
Colorado sets an example for sustainable and responsible tourism, proving that preserving the environment and enjoying a memorable vacation can go hand in hand.