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Posted on: June 6, 2022

Public input sought on plan to manage visitation at Maroon Bells

ASPEN, Colo. – The public is invited to participate in a workshop June 9 in Aspen to provide input and learn more about the Maroon Bells Comprehensive Recreation Management Plan effort.

Members of the public can stop by anytime between 5 pm and 7 pm June 9 at the Pitkin County Building at 530 E Main St. in Aspen.

Pitkin County, the City of Aspen, the White River National Forest, Roaring Fork Transportation Authority, Aspen Skiing Company, and the Aspen Chamber Resort Association are in the initial stages of developing a comprehensive plan to monitor and manage visitation at the iconic Maroon Bells Scenic Area. 

“Public input will be an important component of developing this plan throughout the process,” said Brian Pettit, Pitkin County Public Works Director. “Before we get too far into the process, we want to hear what the public has to say about our initial work on a conceptual framework, vision, and objectives. And we want to ensure they know how to effectively stay involved.”

Visitation to the Maroon Bells Scenic Area has more than doubled over the past decade, creating many management challenges including maintaining a quality visitor experience while minimizing impacts to natural resources. 

“The involvement of stakeholders and the public from the onset of this effort is critical to ensuring we consider and address all interests and concerns,” said Kevin Warner, White River National Forest Aspen-Sopris District Ranger. “The long-term visitor management strategy for the Maroon Bells Scenic Area could have a large impact on aspects of the local economy.” 

A comprehensive recreation management plan for the Maroon Bells Scenic Area will identify sustainable levels of access to the Scenic Area while accounting for local economic and other community impacts. All modes of transportation and types of access will be considered as part of this planning process. 

Media Contacts:
Pitkin County: Brian Pettit, 970-920-5392 
White River National Forest: Shelly Grail, 970-404-3155
Aspen Ski Company: Jeff Hanle, 970-300-7022
Aspen Chamber Resort Association: Maureen Poschman, 970-948-3176