Officials study options to keep Maroon Bells from becoming “like the entrance to Disneyland”

Pitkin County commissioners and U.S. Forest Service officials are working to develop plans to manage the crowds traveling to Maroon Bells.

The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority transported 2,000 people to the picturesque peaks on July 3. “And we were probably close to that on July 2, too,” said Kent Blackmer, co-director of operations for RFTA.

That popularity is prompting forest service officials to study both the affect of all those people for the long-term and provide another parking option this fall for the short-term when the massive leaf-peeping crowds descend.