Early opening for Maroon Creek Road | AspenTimes.com

Early opening for Maroon Creek Road

ASPEN – High temperatures and low snowpack will allow for the earliest opening of Maroon Creek Road and some of the facilities at Maroon Lake in at least 20 years, according to the Aspen Ranger District of the U.S. Forest Service.

Maroon Creek Road will open at 9 a.m. Friday, the Forest Service announced Wednesday. No fee will be charged until later in the spring. There will be a partial opening of the day-use area with one bathroom but no drinking water. Visitors should bring their own.

The trails around Maroon Lake are muddy but snow-free, according to Aurora Palmer, of the Aspen Ranger District. There is no report yet on the trail to Crater Lake, but it likely has snow in shady areas, she said.

Silver Bell Campground is snow-free and will open Friday.

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