Several Aspen-Sopris Ranger District (Colorado) campgrounds are already open, even if people weren’t ready to go out and enjoy the great outdoors during the blizzard that hit the weekend before.
As per a report, additional campgrounds on Independence Pass will open for Memorial Day Weekend, while the three silver campgrounds on Maroon Creek Road open for the season on Saturday.
The Forest Service is advising people to make reservations to ensure satisfaction.
“We expect another busy summer on the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District and across the White River National Forest,” said David Boyd, public information officer for the White River supervisor’s office.
“Like past years, people will need to plan ahead and have a couple of options in mind in case the campground or trailhead they are hoping to use is full.”
Currently, opened campgrounds include Difficult. The 47-site campground is known for its location near Aspen and also at the gateway to Independence Pass.
According to the Forest Service, the popular 78-site Chapman Campground, nearly 30 miles east of Basalt, located in the Fryingpan Valley, opened on May 13.
Dearhamer Campground on the east end of Ruedi Reservoir opened on May 13 along with the Little Mattie, Little Maud, and Mollie B campgrounds closer to the public boat launch at Ruedi.
Dearhamer and Little Mattie sites charge $26 per night this season, while Little Maud and Mollie B cost $29.
With the opening of Highway 82 over Independence Pass expected later this week, the Forest Service is prepared to open Lincoln Gulch, Lost Man, and Weller campgrounds soon.
Reservations can be made via Recreation.gov.