Forest Service To Limit Use Of Wilderness Near Aspen

May 5, 2016
Photo: Conundrum Hot Springs
The Conundrum Hot Springs near Aspen offer a rewarding view, but you'll need to walk 8.5 miles uphill to get there. 

The Aspen Daily News reports that District Ranger Karen Schroyer says the popular Conundrum Hot Springs is the "biggest problem" and changes could be made there as soon as summer 2017.

Officials are considering requiring visitors to get permits before accessing the wilderness. Schroyer says they also plan to set capacity limits at different sites, including Conundrum Hot Springs and the Four-Pass Loop.

Schroyer says a proposed action plan will be released within the next month. The public will have a chance to comment on the proposal before any changes are made.

Forest Service officials say high use of the wilderness is degrading the area's resources.