Hot Spot

South Colony Lakes Revisit | July 14-17, 2022

Westcliffe, CO

The South Colony Lakes, perched high in the San Isabel National Forest in southern Colorado, see a variety of recreation-related impacts from a wide array of user groups. The largest portion of these users is made up of those looking to hike one of several 14ers, or peaks over 14,000 feet, found in the Sangre de Cristo range. The South Colony Basin, which gives easy access to three of the peaks, sees impacts from improper disposal of human waste, damage to vegetation from the proliferation of campsites, and water resource impacts. South Colony Lakes was previously selected as a Hot Spot in 2018, and with the increase in visitation all over the state of Colorado, is looking for some additional support. For the Hot Spot revisit, the Subaru/Leave No Trace Team will be at South Colony Lakes leading a variety of workshops, outreach programs and community events, including opportunities for community involvement. Check back for more information as we work to finalize dates and program offerings.

*South Colony Lakes is located on the ancestral lands of the Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ (Ute) and Cheyenne and possibly other tribes*

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