Colorado national forest user fees not changing
- Created on Thursday, 08 March 2012 20:09
- Written by Scott Rappold
It will cost you $5 to do that in Roosevelt National Forest at Chambers Lake, Dowdy Lake or Shadow Mountain Reservoir this summer. Or $9 to park for a hike at Brainard Lake.
The cost to hike Greyrock, Hewlett’s Gulch or to spend a day trekking around Pingree Park or nearly any national forest trail in Poudre Canyon?
Priceless. No cost at all.
Recreation fees in Roosevelt National Forest aren’t new; but as the U.S. Forest Service reviews day-use fees at some popular national forest recreation areas and trailheads in Colorado and after a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision last month ruling some of the fees illegal, all local fees are staying put.
That means a drive up Mount Evans costs $10 and a hike in the Snowy Range or a climb at Vedauwoo, near Laramie, Wyo., still costs $5 — money used to pay for maintaining toilets, dumping trash cans, interpretive kiosks, picnic tables and for various “security services.”
The fees are used solely for those “amenities” at the sites and to pay the staff that manages those amenities, said Paul Cruz, recreation staffer for the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest. None of the fees collected are used for trail maintenance, forest conservation or management of the national forest itself, he said.