Tuesday, December 22, 2009
U.S. Forest Service officials issued citations to two Boulder men Saturday for riding snowmobiles in the Mount Zirkel Wildeness Area.
“We first heard them, then saw them riding a couple miles into the wilderness and saw their snowmobile tracks going past wilderness boundary signs,” Steve McCone, wilderness manager for the Hahn’s Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District, said in a news release. “We waited until they came back out and wrote them tickets.”
Snowmobiles, like all motorized equipment, are illegal in wilderness areas, including the Mount Zirkel wilderness northeast of Steamboat Springs, and the Sarvis Creek and Flat Tops wilderness areas to the south.
There are boundary signs in many areas and maps at winter trailheads showing areas closed to snowmobiles. Violations are punishable by fines of as much as $10,000, one year in jail and the forfeiture of snowmobiles and other items involved.