GARFIELD COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – A plan to restrict visitors to the popular Hanging Lake Trail is moving forward after the U.S. Forest Service released its final draft of the plan.

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The plan is meant to address overcrowding which has resulted in damage to the trail along with vandalism, dangerous traffic and parking situations and an obstinate violation of rules.

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The USFS’s plan will cap visits to 615 people per day, that’s about half the number of people who use the trail during a busy summer day. Everyone who visits must buy a permit.

Officials also want to close the small parking lot and force visitors to pay for a shuttle ride to then hike to Hanging Lake.

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They hope to have approval and big changes in place by May or June.

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