GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) – Rangers are trying to repair the damage overcrowding is causing at the popular Hanging Lake Trail near Glenwood Springs.
The trail will be closed for five days.
Besides the regular maintenance, volunteers will also put in barriers to protect the historic resources.
The trail in Glenwood Canyon has been targeted by hikers who leave behind graffiti, trash and dog waste.
Now, there’s a campaign on Instagram to shame those who don’t treat the wilderness with respect.
It’s not a new problem on the trail, but one that is getting worse the more people visit the outdoors.
Last week, volunteers found graffiti painted on rocks and trees at Hanging Lake.
The Forest Service says graffiti, illegal parking and swimming are issues that had them considering closing the trail until ranger patrols start at the end of May.
The agency said it is working on a long-term solution to all the issues.
Nearly two years ago, a gate was installed at the trail head that is closed when the 112-space lot is full. The Forest Service manages the parking during high-use times.
The White River National Forest said that Hanging Lake had 137,000 visitors last year.
There have been increasing complaints of trail overcrowding and hikers exhibiting inconsiderate behavior like blasting music and using inappropriate equipment on the trails.