Loved to Death

White River National Forest

The U.S. Forest Service has partnered with the city of Glenwood Springs to offer a seasonal shuttle service and a year-round reservation system to a popular Colorado tourist destination.

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Campers wishing to spend the night at Conundrum Hot Springs in Colorado’s Maroon-Bells Snowmass Wilderness will now need a permit.

The $10 pass can be purchased at recreation.gov. They will not be available at Ranger stations. They go on sale starting April 18.

White River National Forest

One Colorado landmark is so popular that fistfights break out in the parking lot and traffic can back up onto I-70 in Glenwood Canyon.

All to make the mile and half trek to Hanging Lake.

Visitation to the iconic lake has doubled in the last five years and visitors frequently flout the rules. They traipse off platforms and into the lake's fragile ecosystem and leave behind trash, graffiti and even human waste. For years some Forest Service officials have said visitation to the area needs to be curtailed to save it from being overrun. A new plan out Tuesday aims to do just that.

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A new pilot program hopes to address a growing problem at Boulder’s Chautauqua Park:

Too many people and too few places for them to park their cars.

“We’re hearing from some people who live or work in Boulder who say, ‘You know, at certain peak times, I don’t even bother to try to go to Chautauqua anymore,’” said Lisa Smith with the city’s Community Vitality department.

White River National Forest

More visitors came to Colorado last year than ever before -- almost 78 million people -- and that brought more than 19 billion dollars to  the economy. Trails and hot springs are overflowing with people. Formerly pristine ecosystems are being damaged by people who don’t understand how fragile they are.

 

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