The Crested Butte Community Rallies To Protect The Backcountry From Destructive Use. Too often we are seeing too many people, too many cars, too much noise, and too much waste in our backcountry. This year, great efforts have been put forth to reduce the damage to our backcountry land and make visitor’s backcountry experience a positive one. The townsite of Gothic has regularly seen the impact of high traffic, irresponsible backcountry users and the challenges of dealing with human waste. At the West Maroon Trailhead, which is located just north of Schofield Pass, strong efforts are being made to manage waste left behind by visitors. In efforts to help reduce traffic into the backcountry, Mountain Express is now offering regular bus service up to the Judd Falls trailhead. This has been a collaborative effort with the support of the United States Forest Service and Gunnison County. “The summer has been going really well,” said Ian Bullock, executive director of the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory based in Gothic. “RMBL loves seeing people getting outside and connecting with the outdoors. It’s really exciting to see the community taking pride and coming together to create an infrastructure to support our visitors.” As we head into yet another busy summer, we can only expect the backcountry use will be on the rise. While much is being done to educate our visitors, it is expected that there will always be some areas of conflict. With that said, steps are being taken to ensure our fragile areas are protected and we continue to protect our backcountry from over use. Read more here on how our Community Rallies To Protect The Backcountry From Destructive Use.
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