Cash-Strapped Feds Will Allow Weddings At Maroon Bells

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
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Don't expect Elvis impersonators or wedding singers, but the cash-strapped Forest Service will allow weddings this summer in the amphitheater in the Maroon Bells Wilderness.

For $150, a couple can rent the small amphitheater in the wilderness area for two hours, maximum capacity 100.

No post-wedding receptions will be allowed.

Martha Moran, recreation manager for the Aspen-Sopris ranger district, says her agency will not allowed the scenic site to be turned into Las Vegas or Disneyland.

The amphitheater will be open until Columbus Day, weather conditions permitting.

Peggy Jo Trish says she has been overwhelmed with requests, even though the decision was not formally announced. Five weddings have already occurred. Trish will screen all requests carefully.

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