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Wilderness Registration Required

The U.S. Forest Service, White River National Forest requires registration at the trailhead by wilderness visitors to the Maroon Bells-Snowmass and Holy Cross Wildernesses.

The free permits are needed for users of Holy Cross Wilderness, south of Minturn, and Maroon Bells/Snowmass Wilderness, southwest of Aspen.

For information on the Holy Cross Wilderness, contact the US Forest Service at 970-827-5715 or visit www.fs.fed.us/r2/whiteriver/recreation/wilderness/holycross/index

For information on the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness contact the U.S. Forest service at 970-925-3445 or visit www.fs.fed.us/r2/whiteriver/recreation/wilderness/maroonbells/index

How mandatory registration will work:

One member of each party will be required to register at the trailhead and carry a copy of the registration with them during their visit.

There will be no fee for the permit, visitors will self-issue them, and for now, anyway, there will be no limit on permits per trailhead.

Local wilderness users who have multiple visits each week can either register at the trailhead or pick up a monthly permit at their local Forest Service office.

The permit will require information on the dates the trip starts and ends; the point of entry, destination and exit; the party leader’s name/organization and ZIP code, with the option of including their address as well; and the number of people, stock and dogs. There are also boxes to indicate use by outfitters, educational groups and clubs if appropriate.

Registrants also will be asked to list expected destinations/camp locations, and the number of nights they expect to spend at each one.

The back of the permit will list regulations pertaining to the wilderness, such as group size limits, dog restraint requirements, where camping is and isn’t allowed, and the fact that motorized and mechanized equipment is prohibited. In addition, the permit will urge visitors to practice the “Leave No Trace” wilderness ethic.

The permits will be required year-round.