Reminder! Overnight camping permits for Conundrum Hot Springs available February 15

February 13, 2019

 

Reminder! Overnight camping permits for Conundrum Hot Springs available February 15

Conundrum Hot Springs is located adjacent to the Conundrum Creek Trail on the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District in the White River National Forest

ASPEN, Colo. – It’s not too soon to plan ahead for your summer adventures! The Forest Service would like to remind the public that overnight camping permits for Conundrum Hot Springs for the April 1-July 31 timeframe will be available for reservation beginning at 8:00 a.m. MT on February 15, 2019 at www.recreation.gov .

“The permit reservation system has been a great success and we are excited to kick-off another season at Conundrum with this next round of reservations,” said Katy Nelson, Trail and Wilderness manager for the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District. “We’re thankful for the public support. We had excellent compliance rates last season, decreased natural resource impact and overall, we’ve restored and secured a high-quality wilderness experience for visitors. We’ve come a long way at Conundrum.”

Permits are required year-round for camping in the vicinity of Conundrum Hot Springs, an area roughly 4 miles in length that includes all of Conundrum Creek Valley from Silver Dollar Pond to Triangle Pass, including the popular Conundrum Hot Springs.

Overnight permits are available for reservation according to the following schedule:

•             Overnight permits for April 1-July 31: available Feb. 15 of each year at 8:00 a.m. MT

•             Overnight permits for Aug. 1-Nov. 30: available on June 15 of each year at 8:00 a.m. MT

•             Overnight permits for Dec. 1-March 31: available Oct. 15 of each year at 8:00 a.m. MT

Details for how to reserve a permit are available here or by visiting www.Recreation.gov and searching “Conundrum Hot Springs Permit.”

Overnight campers are required to make reservations in advance for campsites in the permit zone. Each designated campsite has an individual maximum number of people allowed to camp at the site (from 2-6 people). The maximum length of stay from June 1-Sept. 1 is three nights and there is a seven night maximum stay the rest of the year. Twenty campsites are available for reservation.

Permits will only be available online at www.Recreation.gov. Ranger stations do not issue permits. Permit seekers are advised to set up an account on Recreation.gov in advance of permit release dates. Once released, permits will be available on a first come, first served basis with a limit of two permits per person, per calendar year. Additionally, visitors accessing Conundrum Hot Springs from Copper Creek, near Crested Butte, will still need to obtain a permit to camp in the Conundrum Hot Springs permit zone.

Although permits are available for reservation year-round, trail and parking conditions from the months of October through May vary greatly based on snowfall and weather. Parking at the Conundrum trailhead is typically not available until June when the road to the trailhead is snow-free. Parking is prohibited on Conundrum Road at all times.

Winter and early spring users are encouraged to make transportation arrangements ahead of time and expect extended hiking in snowy and icy conditions through potentially dangerous avalanche terrain. For more information on avalanche safety please visit our partners at the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. Additionally, it is not uncommon to have snow completely covering or partially covering campsites during the winter and spring months and into early July. If campsites are snow-covered, visitors may select an appropriate ‘on-snow’ location for camping.

Please visit Leave No Trace for an informational video on how to visit Conundrum Hot Springs. For further details please visit the White River National Forest homepage or call the Sopris Ranger Station at 970-963-2266.

 

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