Hot Spot

Berthoud Pass Recreational Site | Feb. 10-14, 2022

Winter Park, CO

Berthoud Pass Recreational Site sits at the top of a mountain pass on US Hwy 40 straddling the Continental Divide at the border of Grand and Clear Creek Counties in Colorado. Known as a popular backcountry skiing/snowboarding and winter recreation destination, use of the area has increased significantly due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the surging popularity of backcountry skiing in recent years. As such, primary impacts include overcrowding, human and pet waste, wildlife impacts, as well as visitor safety. For the Hot Spot activation, the Subaru/Leave No Trace Team will be at Berthoud Pass and the towns of Winter Park and Fraser leading a variety of workshops, outreach programs and community events, including opportunities for community involvement.

*Berthoud Pass Recreational Site is located on the ancestral lands of the Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ (Ute), Cheyenne, and possibly other tribes*

Opportunities to Get Involved

Saturday, February 12th

Leave No Trace Outreach at the Pass & at Winter Park Resort

Come meet the Leave No Trace team and representatives from Headwaters Trails Alliance and Friends of Berthoud Pass and learn how you can do your part to help protect this loved area. Educators will be present both at the Berthoud Pass Parking lot and at the base area of the Winter Park Ski Resort.

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

Where: Berthoud Pass Continental Divide Parking Lot & Winter Park Ski Resort Base Area

Sunday, February 13th

Group Hike/Snowshoe

Join Leave No Trace and Headwaters Trails Alliance for a fun and educational interpretive, mile-long hike to the Broome Hut. Leave No Trace information will be included along the way as well as discussion of local history, water drainage, and ecology. Participants must provide their own gear.

Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

Where: Second Creek Trailhead


Leave No Trace Berthoud Pass Hot Spot Tap Talk

As a part of a monthly educational series offered by Headwaters Trails Alliance and in conjunction with the Berthoud Pass Hot Spot, Leave No Trace staff will be leading an informative talk and informal discussion about how to protect the incredible resources, environment and recreational experiences at Berthoud Pass through Leave No Trace practices and education

Time: 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. 

Where: Big Trout Brewery, 50 Vasquez Rd, Winter Park, CO 80482


COVID-19 Updates: All participants are asked to follow CDC guidelines and state and local requirements regarding Covid precautions. See the following links for more information:

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