This effort is an illustration of the integration into Springdale’s local economy and the sustainable resource use. Additionally, the web site for shuttle system goes a bit further with encouragement for responsible tourism. Check out their recommendations at their website:
Zion National Park is an excellent illustration of the cornerstones for fair trade and responsible tourism.
- Fair Working Conditions: The buses are accessible for people who are working within Zion National Park or in the town of Springdale without charge. Therefore employees do not have to drive their cars or block parking spaces that should be used by tourists visiting the area.
- Fair Prices: Regardless of where a tourist stays within Springdale (campground or hotel), they are free to use the shuttle system at no charge.
- Integration Into the Local Economy and Regional Development: The shuttle is not limited to within the park itself, but rather picks up and drops off tourists at numerous stops within the town of Springdale. This eliminates cars from driving from a local campground or hotel to the parking lot at the Zion National Park Visitor's Center. It also makes it more convenient to take the shuttle bus out to the restaurants and grocery stores within Springdale.
- Fair Trade Partnerships Between All Actors in Tourism: Since the use of the shuttle buses does not require a fee or ticket, this encourages the tourists to spend their dollars at the local businesses.
- Sustainable Resource Use and Environmental Justice: The shuttle buses utilize "clean fuel" this has improved the air quality in the canyon areas. The elimination of cars and their exhaust, has not only improved air quality but has improved access to the very popular sights within the park and encouraged visitors to stop at a variety of areas within the park. This has improved the overall tourist experience for everyone visiting the park.