Conundrum Hot Springs overnight permits are available starting Friday |

Conundrum Hot Springs overnight permits are available starting Friday

Staff report
Visitors pause to soak in the view on the Conundrum Creek Trail. The Forest Service implemented a reservation system at the Conundrum Hot Springs to protect the ecosystem.
Leave No Trace/courtesy photo

Overnight camping permits at the Conundrum Hot Springs for the first half of the summer will be available starting Friday, the White River National Forest supervisor’s office announced Wednesday.

The permits for April 1 through July 31 will be available for reservation starting at 8 a.m. Friday. Reservations must be made at Details on how to reserve a permit can be found at the site by searching “Conundrum Hot Springs Permit,” according to the Forest Service.

The Aspen-Sopris Ranger District implemented a reservation system last summer because of overcrowding and resource damage near the popular hot springs southwest of Aspen.

“The permit reservation system has been a great success and we are excited to kick off another season at Conundrum with this next round of reservations,” said Katy Nelson, trail and wilderness manager for the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District. “We’re thankful for the public support. We had excellent compliance rates last season, decreased natural resource impact and overall, we’ve restored and secured a high-quality wilderness experience for visitors. We’ve come a long way at Conundrum.”

The overnight permits for Aug. 1 through Nov. 30 will be available starting June 15. Overnight permits for Dec. 1 through March 31, 2020, will be available starting Oct. 15.

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