Hot Spot

San Juan National Forest 2016

Durango, CO

The San Juan National Forest covers over 1.8 million acres in western Colorado and sees 1.6 million visitors annually. Visits to the Ice Lakes Basin, where the Hot Spot focused on, ranges from 50-100 daily visitors. Problems in this area include trail braiding and social trails, improper disposal of human waste, trash, campfire impacts, and riparian ecosystem damage from users avoiding river crossings. The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers provided a full day of workshops to agency employees, volunteers, guides and the public that included information on Authority of the Resource and communication techniques. The team camped at Ice Lakes and was able to educate many visitors at the lakes and along the trail. 

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