The Maroon Bells Wilderness Area is not owned by the federal government. It is managed by the federal government. If they can’t manage it at the present time, there are other options besides obeying this closure and being good boys and girls and doing what we are told. Who gave them this right?
I’m not suggesting we back up my old friend JW’s dump truck to the chain and rip it out, like may have happened in the ’60s.
What if a biker has an accident or needs to use a cell phone and can’t call Mountain Rescue. Horrors.
If it’s okay to have limited use, let’s expand the limited use and allow the buses to go up and use the turn around, truck up and maintain port-a-potties (maybe we can get some of those cute pink ones they use for Komen events).
We’ve been going to the Bells after 5 p.m. without Forest Service involvement since they began restricted traffic there.
We have many loyal tourists and friends that look forward to seeing the Maroon Bells in it’s autumn splendor. There are federal workers who are working without pay. We can hire them temporarily from the Aspen and PitCo chamber coffers, or ask for volunteers from the community. I’ll volunteer. Who else is in?
There is no conflict. It’s a win-win.