A plan to limit overnight use of hot spots in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness has been delayed, at least temporarily, by a Boulder resident who views himself as an expert on the Conundrum Hot Springs southwest of Aspen.

Evan Ravitz filed an objection to an overnight visitor use management plan proposed by the White River National Forest. The objection requires the Forest Service to come up with a legally defensible answer or sit down at the table in negotiations.

Carbondale-based Wilderness Workshop also filed an objection, but executive director Sloan Shoemaker said the move is to make sure the organization has a seat at the table in case there are negotiations.

“It’s a friendly intervention to support the Forest Service,” he said. Wilderness Workshop wants the plan implemented as soon as possible to protect areas of the wilderness that are most heavily visited by backpackers during summers.

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