Hot Spot

Guffey Gorge is Instagram Famous

Guffey, CO: Guffey Gorge (a.k.a. Paradise Cove), a 2017 Leave No Trace Hot Spot, is Instagram famous. Once a local secret, this 80-acre gorge, managed by the Bureau of Land Management, boasts a gorgeous waterfall that tumbles from steep granite canyon walls. Tucked 1/2 mile down an unassuming trailhead, social media attention has turned this sleepy spot into a hotbed of activity. On sunny July weekends, up to 1,000 visitors a day make the steep hike into the Gorge to enjoy a swimming hole at the base of the falls that’s not much bigger or deeper than your average backyard...

A Local Gem in Danger

New Paltz, NY: The Peekamoose Blue Hole has become an Internet celebrity. Now selected, as a 2017 Leave No Trace Hot Spot , the Blue Hole needs a new type of fame, one that recognizes its fragile ecology. This geologic formation is wild in nature and unfortunately; its fame has exponentially increased the number of visitors and the impacts, which follow them. With anywhere from 600-2000 visitors in a weekend the ¾ acre footprint of the Blue Hole has seen its fair share of impacts. Soil erosion, trampled vegetation (including small plants, flowers, and primarily mosses),...

Hot Spot Visit Earns Praise from Land Manager, Attention from New York Times

Denning, NY: Earlier this summer, the acclaimed Hot Spot program visited New York’s Catskills region, targeting an area called Peekamoose Blue Hole. This once-tranquil swimming spot has recently seen an explosion in popularity, leading to overcrowding, litter and other challenges. This situation is exactly what the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics Hot Spot program was created to address, with intensive, week-long visits that focus on educating visitors about how to minimize their impacts, as well as working in partnership with land managers to formulate lasting...

Conundrum Hot Springs Hot Spot Revisit - Aspen, CO

The Conundrum Hot Springs  in the Maroon Bells - Snowmass Wilderness outside of Aspen, Colorado are amongst the highest elevation hot springs in North America sitting at 11,200 feet. The small area sees an average of 6,000 overnight visitors during the short season in which the springs are not buried in snow.

Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves Hot Spot Revisit - Fort Pierce, FL

The Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves is experiencing severe impacts from outdoor activities and was selected as a 2018 Leave No Trace Hot Spot.

Breakneck Ridge & Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve Hot Spot Week - Beacon, NY

Breakneck Ridge is experiencing severe impacts from outdoor activities and is one of twenty Leave No Trace Hot Spots in 2018.

Sangre De Cristo Wilderness Hot Spot Week - Duncan, CO

The South Colony Lakes in the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness in Colorado are experiencing severe impacts from outdoor activities, and the site is one of twenty Leave No Trace Hot Spots in 2018. 

Monarch Crest Trail Hot Spot Week - Salida, CO

The Monarch Crest Trail in the Gunnison & San Isabel National Forests is experiencing severe impacts from outdoor activities, and is one of twenty 2018 Leave No Trace Hot Spots.

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Hot Spot Week - Broad Channel, NY

The Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in New York is experiencing severe impacts from outdoor activities and is one of the twenty Leave No Trace Hot Spots in 2018. Located in New York City, the refuge is one of the most significant bird sanctuaries in the Northeastern United States. It serves as a popular destination for bird watchers, hikers, boaters and those looking to take part in one of the park's many ranger or family programs.

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