Spring snow delays campground openings in a few areas
FRISCO — The wet and chilly spring weather may not exactly be perfect for camping, but Coloradans are hearty, and a few showers, or even snowflakes, won’t deter outdoor enthusiasts from taking their first trip of the season.
On the White River National Forest, most campgrounds are open, including the key concessionaire-operated sites in Summit County, mostly clustered around Dillon Reservoir. You’ll find the full scoop on WRNF campgrounds below, right after these outdoor safety tips from the U.S. Forest Service. You can also reserve a campsite in online at Recreation.gov.
- Motorized travel is permitted on roads only, off road travel is always prohibited (do not drive around snow drift/muddy spots through meadow/forest – turn around!)
- Please do not cause resource damage- if you get to an area that is muddy and would create ruts or road damage, turn around.
- Snow patches occur at higher elevations. While they may not look deep there is thick ice crust- which does break and on which it is easy to get stuck
- Use caution: some areas on the Forest are experiencing high water crossings and muddy conditions that make travel unsafe and hazardous.
Aspen-Sopris Ranger District
All campgrounds for Aspen – Sopris managed by White River Recreation are open for except for Lost Man and Chapman-South loop Camp Ground. All three of Maroon Bells Scenic Area campgrounds will be open by Ma. 22.
Blanco Ranger District
Snow at higher elevations will keep some roads closed for a couple of weeks ago. Some of the Buford Newcastle Road is open and the road to Trappers Lake is open but not the Campground.
- Main Marvine Campground is open and has water
- East Marvine Campground is open
- Hines Peak Campground is open
- North Fork Campground is open and has water
- South Fork Campground is open
Dillon Ranger District
All 6 concession-managed campgrounds on and around Dillon Reservoir will be open for the Memorial Day weekend: Heaton Bay, Peak One, Pine Cove, Prospector, Lowry, and the Windy Point Group CG.
At Green Mountain Reservoir, four of the six campgrounds will be open: Cow Creek South, Prairie Point, Elliot Creek, and McDonald Flats. The Willows and Cow Creek North Camp Ground will remain closed due to wet “native surface” roads.
Cataract Lake campground and Blue River campground will also be open by Thursday, May 21,
Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District
We aspire to have the following campgrounds open. Fees are listed. All are first come first serve:
- Sweetwater Campground $8/night
- Fulford Cave $8/night
- Loop B Yeoman Park $8/night
- Loop A will remain closed due to wet/snowy conditions
- Gore Creek is already open and on http://www.recreation.gov/
- Hornsilver already open – first come first serve
- Camp Hale Memorial will open for Memorial Day weekend – on http://www.recreation.gov/
- East Fork Group site will open for Memorial Day weekend – on http://www.recreation.gov/
Rifle Ranger District
- Spruce Picnic Area will be open
- Meadow Creek Lake Campground will not be open. You cannot drive to Meadow Lake as there is too much snow. A sign will be installed on Buford New Castle Road indicating snow drift ahead. If recent weather continues, it will take another week or two for the road to cleared to Meadow Lake.