FEEDBACK WELCOME ON PORTA-POTTY EXPERIMENT A porta-potty has been provided in the highway pullout at Penny Hot Springs on a trial basis, and Pitkin County Open Space and Trails wants to know what users of the Springs think regarding the amenity. Do you use it? Is it worth keeping?
Whether it will be a permanent addition to the popular spot has not yet been decided. Please use the link below to provide feedback.
Also in the works is new signage to inform users about the rules at Penny Hot Springs. No dumping of garbage is among the regulations. The accumulation of trash at the site, including inside the porta-potty enclosure, has been an ongoing issue that may weigh into the decision about the future of the porta-potty. There is no trash collection at the Springs; please take everything you bring with you when you leave.
RULES FOR HOT SPRINGS USE
No dogs at springs
Leave No Trace – pack in/pack out all items/waste
No amplified music
MANAGEMENT ACTIONS See the management plan link below for more about the long and colorful history of Penny Hot Springs, rules for its use, and details about its future management. Here’s a summary of management actions that are spelled out in the plan:
Install a trial port-a-potty in the hot springs pullout.
Seek a potential spot for an emergency call box at or in the vicinity of the hot springs.
Install interpretive signage that offers information about the history of the springs and explains why the special setting is important to protect .
Redesign the parking area with a defined entrance and exit, and provide about 10 designated parking spaces.
Create a single, sustainable trail route between the parking area and the springs, and stabilize/restore the rest of the hillside.
Work with CDOT and the U.S. Forest Service on alternate locations for parking to serve climbers accessing an area known as the Narrows.
Work with CDOT to delineate a no-passing zone in the southbound lane of Hwy. 133 in the vicinity of the hot springs.
Evaluate other property acquisitions that could help alleviate pressure and problems at the hot springs pullout.