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  •  The boundary of the White Mountain National Forest (1+ / 0-)
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    roadbear

    is maybe a 20 minute bike ride from here.  And, we can drive out and through it anytime we like, except for winter when the gates are closed and access is by snowmobile, snowshoes, or xcountry skis.  It's quite true that a nominal fee applies to use of their campground facilities, but if someone wants to hike a mountain trail or swim in the Emerald Pool, there isn't even a parking fee.  I should add that my visit to Acadia National Park last summer included no gates and fees.  I did not visit all of it, and I did not drive up Cadillac Mountain, for example, but it was a very open and user friendly place.  It was not cheap though, the private campground operators we spoke with wanted to charge between $65 and $80 per night for a spot to park our truck camper.  I do not doubt that you experience a very different administrative structure where you live.  I wonder what the overarching policy looks like.  

    •  Cuts in funding to National Forest have made user (1+ / 0-)
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      salmo

      fees part of the landscape. We live outside Denver metro. A huge city all want to enjoy the outdoors and to drive as short a time as possible. To pay for the roads and trash pick up they contract out to a private company to collect entry and camping fees.

      Another complaint I have is that they purposefully build sharp ditches so that people can't just pull off anywhere to camp and hike. You are funneled into parking lots so your trash and impact can be dealt with.

      If we drive further all is as it used to be. Camp anywhere, do anything as long as you don't wreck the place.

      How big is your personal carbon footprint?

      by ban nock on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 03:58:16 AM PST

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