Snowpack Limits Campground Openings for Memorial Day Weekend

forest-service-signLate spring snowpack will limit road access and delay the opening of most developed campgrounds on the Routt National Forest this Memorial Day weekend. While there will still be some opportunities to explore and camp, Forest visitors are reminded to call their local ranger district office to know what is open and accessible.  Campground reservations are not required for any of the campgrounds open this holiday weekend on the Routt National Forest.  Many campgrounds and roads are still inaccessible due to snowpack or because of ongoing work to remove beetle-killed hazard trees. The Forest Service asks that you respect these closures, and do not try to drive around snow banks or barriers.  Although no fire restrictions are currently in effect, visitors are reminded to be careful with campfires and follow basic fire safety rules.  Conditions for the Hahns Peak-Bears Ears, Parks, and Yampa Ranger Districts can be found below:

Hahns Peak-Bears Ears Ranger District – The Hinman Campground will be open for the upcoming holiday weekend for $12 per night with restroom and trash service available.  Water, however, is not yet available and campers are reminded to bring plenty for drinking, cooking and cleaning.  Fish Creek Falls Day Use Area is also open for $5 per day with restroom and trash service.  There are very few dispersed camping opportunities available because of impassable roads.  For the most current information, please call the District Office at (970) 870-2299.
Parks Ranger District – The Aspen Campground near the town of Gould will be the only recreation facility open this holiday weekend.   While fees will not be charged, campers should be aware that water, trash and restroom services are not yet available; therefore they should plan to bring plenty of water and pack out their trash.  Access is limited to most dispersed areas, so please contact the District Office at (970) 723-2700 for the most up to date information.
Yampa Ranger District – All developed campgrounds are currently snowed in and there is very limited access across the District for free dispersed camping opportunities.  However, approximately 11 designated dispersed camping sites are open in the Bear River Corridor southwest of the town of Yampa.  These first-come, first-served sites cost $5 per night and have standard picnic table and fire ring amenities.  Two restroom facilities are located near group sites and campers are required to pack out their trash.  For the latest information, please contact the District Office at (970) 638-4516.

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