Area campground options drop after Labor Day
September 1, 2011
ASPEN – Some campgrounds in the Aspen area and elsewhere in the White River National Forest will close after the Labor Day weekend, while others will remain open well into the hunting season.
Campers, however, will find reduced services at some campgrounds even though they remain open to use, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
In the Aspen area, the Lost Man and Lincoln Gulch campgrounds off Highway 82 on Independence Pass will close after Labor Day. Weller Campground will remain open through Sept. 25.
The Silver Bar and Silver Queen campgrounds on Maroon Creek Road will stay open through Oct. 2, while Silver Bell will operate until Nov. 6, unless snow forces its closure.
Difficult Campground, east of Aspen near the base of Independence Pass, remains open through Sept. 25, but a temporary prohibition on tents and soft-sided campers is in place because of recent bear activity.
In the Fryingpan and Crystal River valleys, several campgrounds will remain open after Labor Day and a few will remain open until late November – through the final combined rifle season for deer and elk. Some sites at Chapman and Elk Wallow in the upper Fryingpan and at Avalanche Campground on the Crystal River will be open, without concessionaire services, until Nov. 21 to accommodate hunters, weather permitting. Concessionaires will depart Oct. 23. Dearhamer will stay open until Oct. 23.
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At Ruedi Reservoir, Little Maud and Mollie B will close after Labor Day. Little Mattie stays open through Oct. 23. The Marina campground and boat ramp close Sept. 18.
One loop at Redstone campground will stay open through Oct. 23, as will Bogan Flats Campground near Marble.
As the Forest Service begins placing campgrounds on reduced services for the fall months, campers are urged to bring their own toilet supplies and pack out trash.
Go to http://www.fs.usda.gov/whiteriver for more information about fall recreational opportunities on the White River National Forest. The Aspen and Sopris Ranger districts can be reached at 925-3445 and 963-2266, respectively.