Monday, September 12, 2011

Immoderate Love in the White River National Forest

Dateline: Vail, CO

The extended Labor Day weekend saw the Colorado Tour working the crowds at popular White River National Forest trailheads in the Vail vicinity. At Gore Creek and Booth Falls Trails, we encountered passels of holiday hikers, many of whom were accompanied by their faithful dogs. 

These are indeed beautiful places, but sadly, the oft-traveled trails are suffering the unfortunate impacts of intensive, immoderate love (social trails, erosion, illegal campsites and fire pits, dogs off-leash, etc.). Happily, we met many well-intentioned trail-lovers, and each day provided ample opportunity for friendly dialogue about trail etiquette, ethics, and stewardship.

More than 250 folks received Leave No Trace cards and stickers, including numerous bicyclers who stopped at our Gore Creek hospitality tent for a shady breather and Clif Bar energizer as they rode the popular Vail Pass Bike Path.

…along the Colorado Trail,
Peggy and Barrett

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