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Plan to curb visitors to Hanging Lake moving forward

"The decision to implement the plan is based on years of analysis and community collaboration, and is in response to the overwhelming growth in visitation to the site," a release from the Forest Service read in part.

Restrictions to a common "bucket list" hike in Colorado that sees more than 150,000 visitors per year are moving forward.

The U.S. Forest Service released a draft decision on Tuesday about the implementation of a long-term management plan to curb "unsustainable" levels of visitors to Hanging Lake in Glenwood Springs

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The proposed plan will implement a daily capacity of 615 visitors per day, year-round, through a fee-based reservation or permit system.

Also, a shuttle will be used to manage to the daily capacity during peak season (May 1 through Oct. 31).

"The decision to implement the plan is based on years of analysis and community collaboration, and is in response to the overwhelming growth in visitation to the site," a release from the Forest Service read in part.

Hanging Lake is distinctive not only for its beauty, but for its geological composition: a large and rare example of a travertine deposition lake and hanging garden plant community.

High use visitation at the Hanging Lake area over the last decade has resulted in damage to the area’s sensitive vegetation, historic resources and infrastructure within the area.

"The Plan seeks to balance the preservation of Hanging Lake’s unique natural resources, manage congestion, improve visitor experience, and support local tourism," the release read.

Specific implementation details such as cost, timing and how to obtain a permit/reservation will be determined by the option and/or service provider selected.

There is a 45-day objections period starting now. Those who would like to formally object to the plan can file an objection here.