Yellowstone's Mammoth Dining Room Earns 4-Star Green Certification
It seems only appropriate that the Mammoth Dining Room is the first restaurant in the national park system to ever earn the coveted 4-Star Green Restaurant Association certification, given Yellowstone National Park is also the first national park in United States (established in 1872). Xanterra Parks & Resorts, the company that operates the Mammoth Hotel Dining Room, received the news in December 2016.
The Green Restaurant Association (GRA) is a national non-profit organization that provides a cost-effective way for restaurants to demonstrate their commitment to environmental sustainability. The Mammoth Dining Room 4-Star rating (out of a possible 4 Stars), is the FIRST 4-Star certified restaurant in Wyoming and one of only 25 restaurants to hold the distinction in the world.
To achieve certification, restaurants must address critical areas that include: energy, food, water, waste, disposables, chemicals and pollution reduction, and furnishings and building materials. To achieve its 4-Star certification, the Dining Room demonstrated sustainable operations through a major restroom remodel, installation of energy-saving LED lamps and water-saving fixtures, sourcing of local and organic cuisine, recycling and composting restaurant waste, and using environmentally-preferable cleaning products.
Located near the north entrance of Yellowstone National Park on the site of historic Fort Yellowstone, the Dining Room embraces a casual setting with sweeping views of what was once the cavalry parade ground. It’s also not uncommon to have front-row views of grazing elk and bison from the windows of the Mammoth Hotel Dining Room. In the winter, wolf watching is immensely popular. Some of the mouth-watering tastes on the menu include Bison Burgers, Montana Family Ranches Meatloaf and Trout Tacos.
Dinner reservations are not accepted during the summer season. Dinner is first come, first seated. Breakfast and lunch are on a first-come, first-seated basis.