Difficult reopens to tent camping
August 12, 2005
The U.S. Forest Service has reopened Difficult Campground to tents and open-sided campers, lifting a closure placed in late July because of bears prowling the area for food.
The decision came after some people complained that all tent campers shouldn’t be punished because a few were too sloppy to secure food, garbage and other bear attractants.
The timing of the lifting of the ban is interesting because bears are particularly active at this time of year because they are fattening up for winter hibernation.
“The number of bear sightings has decreased,” Forest Service spokesman Mike Kenealy said in a prepared statement. “To help prevent their return, we will continue to require that all food, beverages other than water, food packaging and cooking utensils be stored in bear-resistant containers or in closed hard-sided vehicles.”
The food storage restrictions will remain in effect throughout the remainder of the camping season.
Difficult Campground is about four miles east of Aspen along Highway 82. It is one of the largest campgrounds within a national forest in the Roaring Fork Valley.