GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. – Park rangers say graffiti found along a popular Garfield County trail was so fresh you “could still smell the spray paint.”
Volunteers spotted the graffiti on trees, rocks and other items along the Hanging Lake Trail last Thursday. The graffiti included the word “Blest” and an arrow pointing to the right.
Rangers say illegal parking and visitors swimming and walking out on the lake’s log have also become problems recently as people flock to the scenic spot. Last year, more than 137,000 people visited Hanging Lake during the summer months.
There currently aren’t any rangers patrolling the park and there won’t be anyone in place until late May. Because of that, park officials may have to close the park until they have staff in place to keep an eye on things.
“At the rate we’re going, we may have to close the trail until we can get our summer staffing on board,” said District Ranger Aaron Mayville. He added that because cleanup of the graffiti will cost about $3,000 in staff time, that will cut into time he would normally spend hiring summer rangers.