Aspen area campgrounds start to close
September 9, 2008
ASPEN ” Independence Pass east of Aspen typically is spectacular by late September, but don’t expect to find camping accommodations there.
Along with autumn’s breathtaking display of foliage comes the closure of various campgrounds around Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley.
Lincoln Gulch, Lost Man and Weller campgrounds, all located off Highway 82 as it winds up the pass, are already closed for the season. Difficult, located east of town at the base of the pass, remains open until Sept. 21, according to the White River National Forest website. With 47 campsites, Difficult is the largest campground in the vicinity of Aspen.
Along Maroon Creek Road near Aspen, the Silver Queen and Silver Bar campgrounds are likely to close next week unless there is demand to keep them open, said a Forest Service spokesperson. The five-space Silver Bell Campground, however, will remain open until the snow flies.
Farther down the valley, some campgrounds will remain open through big-game hunting season. The Redstone and Avalanche campgrounds ” both off Highway 133, south of Carbondale ” will remain open until Nov. 9, while Bogan Flats, farther south, near Marble, will be open until Sept. 28, according to the Forest Service website.
In the Fryingpan Valley, east of Basalt, the north end of Chapman Campground above Ruedi Reservoir is scheduled to remain open until Nov. 9, as is the Elk Wallow campground.
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At the reservoir, the Little Maud and Mollie B. are already closed, but the 19-site Little Mattie is slated to remain open until Nov. 9. Dearhamer, on the upper end of the reservoir, will also be open until Nov. 9.
Nightly campground fees typically range from $15 to $18, though fees at Redstone are $22 to $30, according to the White River website. Some campgrounds accept advance reservations, while others do not.
Go to http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/whiteriver/recreation/ campgrounds/ for more information on all of the campgrounds in the White River National Forest, plus links to reserve sites.