Adding Sustainability to the Menu

Chickens eating food scraps from the Lookout Grille

Adding Sustainability to the Menu

Eco-friendly products including straws, flatware, cups and plates help reduce the company’s’ impact on the environment, adding to sustainability practices already in place. 

Protecting and preserving the environment was a top priority for Steve and Jeanne Beckley before they reopened Glenwood Caverns and the Historic Fairy Caves to the public in 1999. It remains so today at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and the Iron Mountain Hot Springs. Both companies have expanded sustainability practices at their onsite restaurants this year.

Embracing Eco-Friendly Options

Compostable products at the Lookout GrilleThe poolside Sopris Café at Iron Mountain Hot Springs is now using eco-friendly forks, spoons, straws, plates, packaging for grab-and-go items like yogurt parfaits, pretzels or veggies with hummus and to-go boxes from Eco Brand, which is based in Boulder, Colorado.

“We have worked diligently over the past 20 years to protect the cave, and we’ve applied the same philosophy at Iron Mountain Hot Springs since the early planning stages,” Jeanne Beckley, who co-owns both companies, said.

Green from the Get-Go

Environmentally friendly practices have been in place at Iron Mountain Hot Springs, which is operated by the Adventure Park, since it opened in 2015. The pure, hot, mineral water circulates continuously throughout the 16 soaking pools and is completely refreshed every two hours, which means no chlorine or other chemicals are necessary. The buildings, walkways, family pool and jetted spa are heated naturally through the geothermal exchange, and guests can refill reusable water bottles in the café and bathhouse.

The Quest Continues

“It seems only fitting that we now focus on reducing our use of plastic and move toward more paper and compostable products in the restaurant. Also, we hope our guests notice and are motivated to make some changes of their own,” Beckley added. “These changes fit our value system. We care deeply about the environment and will continue to look for ways to reduce our impact.”

Learn more and plan a visit to Iron Mountain Hot Springs today!