Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife confirmed the man's story in a tweet.
National Park Service had said it would shut out visitors while it assessed impact from off-road driving and damage to vegetation.
Cites safety, human waste as factors in decision to close paths amid shutdown.
While most national parks cut services, it will be (mostly) business as usual at the Big Ditch.
In just over eight months and almost 8,000 miles on the trail, Anish became the first woman to complete America’s marquee long paths in a calendar year. Doing it took a lot of guts—and about 16 pairs of shoes.
The closure of one of Zion's most popular trails is a preview of what's in store for U.S. national parks if the public lands funding program isn't renewed.
With snow totals in the western US bleak, seasonal water sources are drying out—and that’s bad news for the backpackers who rely on them.
She claims state agencies have damaged her job and credibility, and endangered residents, by not acknowledging the species.
Faced with rising visitation and shrinking resources, the National Park Service is weighing the idea of requiring reservations at its most popular spots.
Opponents of the Mountain Valley Pipeline are headed to court to stop it. But with construction slated to begin soon, will that be enough?
Dan Bell's Lord of the Rings-inspired maps chart Yellowstone and parks around the UK.
Christian "Buddy Backpacker" Thomas finished his hike of the CDT this month—making him the youngest person to finish America's three most famous long trails.
Time would beat record by 8 hours, but malfunctioning SPOT impeding confirmation.