Cougar Hot Springs

Night Closure


The Hot Springs is closed at night. This has been the regulation since 1989, due to excess litter, e.g. beer bottles left behind.

The night closure includes the parking lot and the restricted zone, which is one mile of roadway in each direction from the trailhead. The closure is dusk to dawn. The closure is enforced by USFS Law Enforcement patrols, with the assistance occasionally of State Police. Checks are currently being made on some evenings each month throughout the year, particularly on weekends.

When USFS officers issue citations they have recently been for $125. State Police citations seem to follow a different schedule and have been reported to be lower and higher than $125.






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