Can you collect rocks in western Colorado forest? |

Can you collect rocks in western Colorado forest?

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” The U.S. Forest Service is considering a proposal that would allow people to take rocks from public land to use in decorative landscaping.

The Aspen Ranger District of region’s White River National Forest is studying a program that would let people take a few rocks as long as they don’t sell them. Like programs that allow firewood collection, rock collectors would need a permit.

The areas under consideration are: Rocky Fork Trailhead, Highway 82 Winter Closure Gate (Independence Pass winter closure outside Aspen, CO), an area along the Fryingpan Lakes Trailhead Road, an area along the Ivanhoe Creek Portal road and an area along the Red Table road.

An environmental study will be released in November. The Forest Service is asking for any feedback on the idea. Comments can be sent by May 1 to Aspen/Sopris Ranger District, c/o Kevin Warner, P.O. Box 309, Carbondale, Colorado 81623 or by e-mail to

For more information, contact Kevin Warner at 970-963-2266.

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