ASPEN, Colo. (CBS4) – The U.S. Forest Service is making changes to overnight camping in part of the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness in hopes that a popular natural hot springs area won’t get “loved to death.”

Conundrum Hot Springs (credit: Colton Johnson)

Starting next summer, visitors to the remote Conundrum Hot Springs who want to stay there overnight will need to reserve a spot to get a permit. The reservations will include a fee.

The hot springs are only accessible via a nine-mile hike from the Aspen area.

“Conundrum is absolutely our top priority for the 2018 season,” said District Ranger Karen Schroyer in a prepared statement.

Reservations will also eventually be required in the Four Pass Loop and Capitol Lake areas.

Details on getting a permit will be available early next year.


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