photo - Visitors soak in the evening at Conundrum Hot Springs, outside of Aspen. (Courtesy of Sam Brasch/CPR News)
Visitors soak in the evening at Conundrum Hot Springs, outside of Aspen. (Courtesy of Sam Brasch/CPR News) 

In the thick of summer, a certain smell overpowered the wildflowers at the trailhead for Conundrum Hot Springs. Armed with gloves, volunteers checked under bushes and scanned nearby campsites for the source.

You can probably guess where this is going. Over the course of a couple hours, they loaded an entire trash bag with human waste.

The problem continues up the 8.5-mile trail. The natural alpine pools outside of Aspen can draw more than 300 visitors a night. Many stay multiple evenings and have to answer nature’s call.

“To be quite frank, that’s a lot of poop,” said Katy Nelson, wilderness and trails program manager for the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District of the White River National Forest.

Read the full story at Colorado Public Radio.

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