Three object to Forest Service plan for Maroon Bells Wilderness

Aug 23, 2017

The U.S. Forest Service plans to limit camping at the Conundrum Hot Springs.
Credit Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio News

The U.S. Forest Service has received three objections to a plan that would limit overnight use of the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness.


The plan sets a cap on the number of groups who can camp in the wilderness area. Phase 1 involves a reservation system for the popular Conundrum Hot Springs and along Conundrum Creek. That system would begin next summer.

Peter Hart is an attorney for environmental nonprofit Wilderness Workshop. He said the group filed an objection to ensure they have a voice leading up to the final decision. Wilderness Workshop has voiced strong support for the plan.

The other two objections are from individuals who frequently camp at Conundrum Hot Springs.

The Forest Service has 45 days to resolve the objections before issuing a final decision.