What is an appropriate group size? What number does the Center recommend?

One of the primary arguments land managers use for limiting group size is that large groups have profound social impacts on other visitors. This impact can be mitigated by behavior. A courteous, well-behaved group can do wonders to minimize the potential negative issues associated with large groups. The Center recommends adhering to group size limits stipulated by the land management agency for the area you’re visiting. If the group size limit is 10, this means that your group should never congregate in a group larger than 10. If you have more individuals in your group than the group size limits allow, consider breaking up into small groups that meet the group size requirements or contact the land management agency to see if a Special Use Permit can be issued allowing for a larger group.