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Date Saturday  9/7/2013
End Date Sunday  9/8/2013
Group State CMC
Event Title West Maroon Creek Campsite Restoration #1 Volunteer
Start Time 9:00 AM
Status Approved
Member Price Free
Non-member Price Free
Available Participants 13
Type Trip
Trip Type Stewardship
Classification Moderate 
Trail Mileage 8
Elevation Gain 600
Driving Distance


Aspen, Maroon Bells

For more info Contact

Joshua Kuhn, Conservation Fellow


West Maroon Creek Campsite Project, Sept 7-8


Open to the public

Ages 12+


Meals provided (TBD)

Carpool available from Golden

Trip Leader: TBD

The Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness hosts more than 2,000 campers in the three-month summer season. The US Forest Service completed a campsite inventory between 2008 and 2010 and data shows that there are 728 campsites in MBSW and of those, 219 (30%) are within 100’ of lakes or streams. In the arid environment of Colorado, riparian areas are a crucial habitat types for wildlife. Over 80% of all animal species utilize this narrow strip of land adjacent to streams and lakes and depend upon its lush vegetation for food and shelter. By removing campsites from riparian areas volunteers will greatly improve wildlife habitat.

The Colorado Mountain Club (CMC), in partnership with the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District and Wilderness Workshop, will rehabilitate a portion of these campsites along West Maroon Creek by closing the worst of the damaging campsites to future recreational use. Very few campsites are designated within wilderness areas. Closing these campsites will not reduce the number of people allowed to camp in the MBSW, rather it will encourages visitors to the area to select campsite locations that do not negatively impact the riparian area.

Register below and you will be contacted by CMC Staff. Sorry, no doggies allowed. You must provide your own camping gear.If you need to cancel, please give us adequate notice. This is critical to the success of our project and helps us plan for food.

If you are a CMC member, it is recommended that you log in to register.


Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.