Aspen campgrounds mostly snowbound
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN ” The tent and RV set will find various campgrounds around the Roaring Fork Valley open for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, but snow will prevent most U.S. Forest Service campgrounds in the Aspen vicinity from opening on schedule.
All three of the campgrounds along Maroon Creek Road on the way to the Maroon Bells ” Silver Bar, Silver Bell and Silver Queen ” are closed and aren’t expected to open before June. Upper Maroon Creek Road is scheduled to be cleared of snow during the first week of June, then the Forest Service will determine what needs to be done to get the campgrounds ready for use, said a spokesperson with the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District in Carbondale.
Difficult Campground east of Aspen is now open, but Weller and Lost Man campgrounds, farther to the east on Independence Pass, remain closed. The Colorado Department of Transportation typically opens Highway 82 over the pass for the Memorial Day weekend, but has announced a target date of May 30 to open the pass this year, given all the snow.
South of Carbondale, Avalanche and Bogan Flats campgrounds now are open, and the Redstone campground will open by the weekend, according to the Forest Service.
At Ruedi Reservoir above Basalt, Little Maud, Mollie B and Little Mattie campgrounds all are open. Chapman and Dearhammer campgrounds in the Fryingpan Valley above the reservoir remain closed. Chapman is not expected to open until late June, after crews remove trees that have been killed by beetles.
All of the campgrounds, located within the White River National Forest, will remain open until at least after the Labor Day weekend; some remain open until late October or mid-November to accommodate hunters. Go to http://www.forestcamping.com/dow/rockymtn/wrcmp.htm for details on all of the campgrounds in the White River, including the amenities they offer, fee information and their scheduled closing dates.
To reserve a campsite, go to http://www.recreation.gov or call (877) 444-6777.
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