Monument kicks plastic water bottle habit

Don’t expect to buy a bottle of water on your next visit to Colorado National Monument.

The monument is phasing out sales of plastic water bottles and other plastic drink containers in an attempt to limit waste. The visitor center will add an additional spigot for folks to fill up reusable water containers.

“Like Grand Canyon and Zion, we’re trying to take the lead in this kind of environmental initiative,” Interpretive Park Ranger Nick Myers said.

Myers said park staff have had to haul out a number of plastic bottles thrown off overlooks, such as Cold Shivers Point.

The visitor center will have several options of reusable water containers for sale, Myers said.

The center currently has one drinking fountain that is regularly used by campers, hikers and cyclists. The new fountain will allow users to fill larger containers with water.


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