Reprint from Adventure Journal

These Trail Donation “Parking” Meters Are Raking it in

We’ve covered the idea of hikers and backpackers kicking in a little more money for trail maintenance and wilderness conservation before, but usually the ideas floated have been something like an excise tax on hiking gear or mandatory fees at the trailhead. Lots of hikers feel like, hey, I pay taxes already that fund public lands, that’s good enough. Or, I do pay fees at state and federal parks. But trail maintenance is a real need with funding shortfalls all the time. So Steamboat Springs, Colorado, had a simple and unique idea that seems to be working.


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