Re: ROCKY NAT FOREST INFO NEEDED
golden cliff (c60clg1@CORN.CSO.NIU.EDU)
Tue, 5 Mar 1996 19:53:58 -0600
I've backpacked Rocky Mountain National Park a few times and really love
those mountains. There is a 7 day limit on consecutive days. At least
there used to be, it's been a few years since I've been out that way.
Rangers DO make regular rounds to spot check things. Make sure your
backcountry permit is clearly visible on a backpack while hiking and on
your tent while camping. One permit per crew, most areas limited to
7 people per site, some group sites can accomodate up to 15 persons. I
was once awakened at 5:00am by a ranger demanding to see the permit. I'd
forgotten to attach it outside the tent. No fine, just a rude awakening.
> I don't recall. They had a great time but were met at the trailhead coming
> out, by a Ranger. He presented them with a citation for _not_ staying on
> the marked trail and thereby damaging the eco-system of the park. There was
> a hefty fine involved too. Somehow the troop felt they had done no wrong!
> (I never could understand the reasoning.) There trail WAS marked, the rules
> WERE clearly posted, they WERE _WRONG_, they WERE caught and (grudgingly)
> they DID pay the fine. (The troop NEVER returned to that area)
The rangers are very serious about you staying on marked trails and will
definately enforce any infractions with strong fines.
If your group really wants to hit the wilderness, they have crosscountry
zones established in the park where there are no trails to follow. You
hike landforms, great for building orienteering skills. Write the
backcountry office for more details.
YIS, Cliff Golden firstname.lastname@example.org First Lutheran Church, DeKalb, IL
Scoutmaster Troop 33 Three Fires Council BSA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City