GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – More than 6,000 people have reserved permits to visit the popular Hanging Lake area in northwestern Colorado this year.
The Post Independent reports that the system is new this year, part of a plan to minimize the effects of hikers visiting the scenic area. Officials have become concerned about the number of people visiting in recent years.READ MORE: Jefferson County Public Health Sues 3 Schools That Are Violating Mask Requirement
U.S. Forest Service officials say since the permitting system opened two weeks ago, more than 6,180 people have signed up for a spot. July is particularly popular but officials say there are still plenty of opportunities to visit between May and October.READ MORE: Colorado Weather: Fall Temps, Smoke And Dusting Of Mountain Snow On The Way
A shuttle will begin taking hikers to the trailhead starting May 1 and officials plan to stagger groups throughout the day.MORE NEWS: Here Are 8 Of The Most Popular Fall Colors Viewing Destinations In Colorado
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