Forest Service mulls dog ban in Conundrum Valley near Aspen
July 21, 2009
ASPEN – The U.S. Forest Service is considering changing its wilderness regulations to ban dogs from the Conundrum Creek Valley, south of Aspen.
Dogs are currently prohibited from within one-quarter mile from Conundrum Hot Springs. The proposed change would prohibit dogs in the entire valley, between the trailhead near the valley’s junction with Castle Creek Valley to Triangle Pass.
“These changes to the regulations will hopefully reduce conflicts from people bringing dogs to the area and noise from barking dogs tied up near Conundrum Hot Springs,” said project coordinator Kevin Warner in a statement issued by the White River National Forest supervisor’s office.
Several other changes are contemplated to the special-order regulations that govern the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness.
Another change would remove the dog prohibition at Crater Lake, above Maroon Lake. Dogs would still be required to be on leash. The campfire prohibition would be extended from one-quarter mile from Crater Lake to one-half mile.
At Copper Lake, over East Maroon Pass from Maroon Creek Valley, camping would be allowed only in designated sites one-quarter mile from the lake.
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The new special order would be in place for two years, then revisited. Individuals or organizations can comment on the proposals through Friday, Sept. 18 by sending e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and typing “Conundrum” in the subject line.