In the Saddle: Oh, what a ride
ASPEN Cyclists can enjoy their days in the sun on Maroon Creek Road for the next couple of weeks.The road is scheduled to remain closed to motor vehicles until Friday, May 25, Martha Moran, the acting ranging in the Aspen-Sopris District said Thursday. The popular route is open to cyclists and pedestrians.Moran said it should be a good ride since snow melted out from lower elevations so fast this spring. Her one word of caution was be aware of ditch working that Pitkin County is performing near the East Maroon portal.The road will be open and without restrictions for vehicles from May 25 to June 15. Restrictions on vehicles will be in place each day from June 16 through Labor Day, Sept. 3, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors are urged to take the bus those days. The Maroon Bells bus will also be operating Friday through Sunday through the end of September.The Forest Service staffs an entrance booth from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the summer. Vehicles can pass through from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. by paying a $10 fee that is good for five days.Moran said a locals season pass is available for $50. It covers the use fee before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m. and transportation on the bus during restricted hours. Cyclists aren’t changed a fee.The Silver Bell, Silver Bar and Silver Queen campgrounds will open Friday, May 25, and remain open until early October, weather permitting. The fee is $15 per night at those camp spots.Other campgrounds throughout the district are also opening later this month. Difficult Campground east of Aspen opens May 18 and remains open until Sept. 23. The fee is $18.The season at the Lincoln, Weller and Lost Man campgrounds is May 25 through Sept. 3. The fee at all three is $15. Portal Campground at Grizzly Reservoir will be open throughout the summer, and donations will be requested at the gate.The facilities in the Fryingpan Valley open May 18. They include Chapman, Elk Wallow, Dearhammer and the campgrounds surrounding the Ruedi boat ramp (Little Mattie, Little Maud, Mollie B and Ruedi Marina.) The boat ramp will remain open until Sept. 23.In the Crystal Valley, the Redstone, Avalanche and Bogan Flats campgrounds all open May 18.Get out there and enjoy.
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