Monday, May 17, 2010

Pay to Play - Okay or no way?

A Forest Service proposal might institute new fees to camp and/or climb several of Colorado's 14ers in the Sangre de Cristo mountains. The South Colony Basin sees ~4,500 visitors a year, with many climbing one of four nearby mountains over 14,000 ft.

Paying to play is not a new concept, and has many vocal supporters and critics. I don't envy the government trying to find balance between all the disparate opinions out there. I personally put a very high value on the recreational opportunities that are abundant in Colorado, and if I wanted to go, I would be willing to pay to visit these specific areas.

What is your take? Let us know, and share your thoughts with the Forest Service as well.


Anonymous said...

If the feds would allocate the funds necessary to properly manage our public lands, this wouldn't be an issue.

Stephanie & Dustin said...

I value the lands available for my play. If I need to pay to help protect those areas, I will do so.