kortum trail

Do you have wildlands that are not developed for agriculture? Eco-tourism is a form of tourism involving visiting unusual and relatively undisturbed natural areas, intended as a low-impact and often small scale alternative to standard commercial mass tourism.   Eco tourism may be either a destination or an experience.  A destination example could be a stay in a beautiful setting.  An experience example could be ZIP-lining through a forest or across a stream or guided hikes and/or camping in a wildland.  Some Eco-tourism businesses offer ways to restore or protect the natural environment as part of the experience.

Am emerging field is glamping, a high end version of camping. Camping is not for everyone, and glamping combines outdoor adventure with upscale hospitality. Glampers sleep in beautiful locations – just not in ordinary hotel rooms. At glamping sites, guests experience accommodations in luxury glamping tents, yurts, teepees, travel trailers, cabins, treehouses and other unusual shelters.  Glampers experience the outdoors without having to set up a tent or go without the creature comforts of home.  Typically, all will have running water and many will have flush toilets (even if a trailer flush toilet) as well as power that may be traditional or solar reliant.  You can think of it as an upgraded recreational experience, focused on the comforts travelers expect in a hotel but in a setting that has a touch of wilderness. Beautiful settings are inherant in a glamping experience. 

Glampers appreciate wifi (even if satellite-based), luxury linens, outdoor hot showers under the stars, a hot tub or spa-like experience, and may include meals or a well outfitted kitchen with essential amenities (milk, butter, eggs, etc) available delivered or nearby.

The Eco-tourism industry in the U.S. is predominantly privately owned and locally managed. However, the U.S. government has several major land and water management agencies that support and promote ecotourism, including the National Park Service, National Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management and National Marine Fisheries Service. A number of Eco-tourism destinations are also managed by state and local levels of government. In addition, historical studies indicate that nearly 50% of rural land owners permit recreational use of their land by non-family members on the nearly 60% of U.S. privately owned land.