Maroon Bells area ready to open
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN ” Maroon Creek Road and the U.S. Forest Service facilities at Maroon Lake will open for the summer Friday, May 30, the agency announced Thursday.
The traditional Memorial Day weekend opening couldn’t be met this year because road damage needed to be repaired and large amounts of snow removed after a long, hard winter.
“Significant road damage and avalanches impacted the road and kept it closed later than planned,” said Martha Moran, recreation manager for the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District. “Pitkin County road crew did a great job fixing up the extremely large holes generated by rock falls this week.”
A reduced fee of $5 will be charged per vehicle at the self-serve tube at the welcome station, also known as guard house. The Silver Bar, Silver Bell and Silver Queen campgrounds will open with full services on a first-come, first-served basis at a cost of $15 per night. The campgrounds can be reserved after June 1 by visiting http://www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777.
Starting June 14, Maroon Creek Road restrictions will start and visitors will be directed to RFTA bus service. Buses from Aspen Highlands arrive at Maroon Lake every 20 to 30 minutes. All day users will be required to ride the bus between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. The bus fare is $6 per adult and $4 per senior and child. The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies will start its naturalist programs beginning June 14.
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