Maroon Bells CRMP
Maroon Bells Comprehensive Recreation Management Plan Overview
Visitation to the MBSA has increased steadily over the past 10 years, and the need to sustainably monitor and manage visitors recreating in the MBSA is critical. Increased visitation without sustainable management can degrade natural resources, health and safety, and the overall visitor experience.
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 developing a comprehensive plan to sustainably provide for and manage recreation at the iconic Maroon Bells Scenic Area (MBSA). The Maroon Bells Comprehensive Recreation Management Plan (CRMP) aims to provide a framework to sustainably manage recreational access to, and activities within, the Maroon Creek Valley. This plan will identify goals and recommendations to improve sustainable access to and recreation in the Scenic Area while accounting for local economic and other community impacts. All modes of transportation and types of recreation activities will be considered as part of this planning process.
The study area for this effort 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.