Plan will provide framework to manage recreation and access in Maroon Creek Valley
PITKIN COUNTY, COLO. (May 25, 2023) – The public is invited to participate in a virtual public meeting on Tuesday, May 30 from 5 to 6:30 PM to review and provide input on draft recommendations for the Maroon Bells Comprehensive Recreation Management Plan.
Members of the project team, including Pitkin County, the City of Aspen, the White River National Forest, Roaring Fork Transportation Authority, Aspen Skiing Company, the Aspen Chamber Resort Association, and the U.S. Department of Transportation will provide an update on the work completed to date and will solicit input on the draft recommendations.
Visitation to the Maroon Bells Scenic Area (MBSA) 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 plan aims to provide a framework to sustainably manage recreational access to, and activities within, the Maroon Creek Valley. This plan will result in goals and recommendations to improve sustainable access to and recreation in the MBSA while accounting for local economic and other community impacts. All modes of transportation and types of recreation activities are being considered as part of this planning process.
The study area includes Maroon Creek Road from the Highway 82 roundabout to the MBSA, which includes the scenic loop, East Portal, the campgrounds, and access up to Crater Lake.
“Public input will continue to be an important component of developing this plan throughout the process,” said Brian Pettet, Pitkin County Public Works Director. “We want to hear the public’s thoughts on these draft recommendations as well as ensure they know how to effectively stay involved.”
“We want to ensure we consider and address all interests and concerns throughout this process,” 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.”
If you are interested in attending, please contact Hoamy.Tran@dot.gov for the Zoom meeting link.
Pitkin County: Brian Pettet, 970-920-5392
White River National Forest: Kevin Warner, 970-948-3911