May 18, 2011 4:20 PM by James H Egbert

Campground openings delayed by heavier snow amounts in high country

If you're already planning your camping trips in Colorado this year, you might want to wait a little. The U.S. Forest Service has announced delayed campground openings due to deeper than average snow packs coupled with cooler temperatures halting snow melt in the high country. The campgrounds affected are in the Pike and San Isabel National Forests and the Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands. The Leadville Ranger District of the San Isabel National Forest is reporting that many of the campgrounds won't be open in time for Memorial Day Weekend this year.

Road crews in Lake County have been unable to plow the road around Turquoise Lake. The Pike and San Isabel National Forests, Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands is currently planning to have the campgrounds and picnic areas at Turquoise Lake open on June 10. The campgrounds in the Halfmoon area are closed until then also.. Whitestar and Lakeview Campgrounds at Twin Lakes will be open for the Memorial Day Weekend on a reservation basis. Twin Peaks and Parry Peaks Campgrounds will be open on a first-come, first-served basis.



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