ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service is rolling out a new permit system as part of a plan to manage overnight camping in Colorado's Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness.
The Aspen Times reports officials announced Tuesday that Conundrum Hot Springs will be the first place where the permit system will take effect.
The new management plan is aimed at reducing damage to wildlife in the 180,000-acre wilderness area.
Rangers have reported issues with human waste, illegal campfires, and trash due to an increasing number of visitors.
An environmental assessment from the White River National Forest identifies several areas where the Forest Service wants to limit overnight visits from campers. The agency is considering requiring permits and issuing fees for campers.
A 30-day public comment period has opened for the assessment.
Camping fees, permits considered for Colorado's Marroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness