PITKIN COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)– The U.S. Forest Service is considering limiting camping and making backpackers get a permit in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness.
The reason behind the action is to reduce overcrowding at the popular hiking spot. The 181,535-acre wilderness was established in 1980 in the Gunnison and White River National Forests.READ MORE: Colorado's Comeback: Fans Return For Concerts At Red Rocks
Forest Service officials say the area is too crowded and the influx of people is negatively impacting the ecosystem.READ MORE: 'Forever Chemicals' Levels In Frisco Drinking Water Would Be Illegal In Three Other States, Residents 'Shocked'
The Aspen Times reports the plan could be put into place as soon as next summer.MORE NEWS: 'Super Carriers' CU Boulder Study Shows How Asymptomatic People Spread Disease
The permit system would only affect the areas around the Maroon Bells scenic area but not the Maroon Bells peaks.