Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and its Traveling Trainers team partnered with the Aspen–Sopris Ranger District on the White River National Forest to host community events and educational activities June 26–July 3.
The Hot Spot Program is a key component of the Leave No Trace in the Every Kid in a Park initiative. The program raises community awareness and brings solutions and prevention measures to popular natural areas around the country facing heavy recreational use and consequently, the misuse of trails, parks, and open space areas. Leave No Trace selected Conundrum Hot Springs as a ‘Hot Spot’ to help raise awareness about outdoor recreation ethics in natural areas.
The scenic and popular Conundrum Hot Springs has experienced an increase in overnight visitor use resulting in excessive trash, human waste, damage to vegetation and trees, and trail erosion over the recent years.
Throughout the week, the traveling trainers and Forest Service employees conducted educational outreach up and down the Roaring Fork Valley, visited with recreationists at the Conundrum Trail Head and the Aspen Farmers Market, and hosted workshops for Forest Service employees, local outfitters, guides, and volunteers.