Some Colorado campgrounds to remain closed for Memorial Day weekend after spring storm

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Some campgrounds in northern Colorado that are typically open for Memorial Day weekend will remain closed because of heavy snow, muddy and wet conditions, and hazardous broken trees.

The affected areas include campgrounds in the Arapaho and Roosevelt national forests, and Pawnee National Grassland.

“Last week’s winter weather wreaked havoc on some areas of the Forests and Grassland,” spokesman Reghan Cloudman said in a statement. “While these closures are an inconvenience with the upcoming holiday weekend, they are crucial for public safety and resource protection.”

Some picnic areas and other recreation sites have been impacted as well, officials warned, and many forest roads have not opened for the season because of the snowy, muddy conditions.

Forest Service officials released an updated list of the impacted campgrounds on Wednesday.

Campgrounds that remain closed:

  • Dowdy Lake (Back Loop)
  • Meeker Park
  • Olive Ridge
  • Mountain Park
  • West Lake
  • Aspen Glen
  • Camp Dick
  • Peaceful Valley
  • Big Bend
  • Big South
  • Jacks Gulch
  • Sleeping Elephant
  • Tom Bennett
  • Pickle Gulch

The following campgrounds will be open, but some sites have deep snow; soft, muddy road conditions; standing water; and electrical services might not be available:

  • West Chicago Creek
  • Kelly Dahl
  • Denver Creek
  • Dowdy Lake (Front Loop)
  • Ansel Watrous
  • Dutch George
  • Kelly Flats
  • Narrows
  • Stove Prairie
  • Cold Springs
  • Columbine
  • Crow Valley
  • Arapaho Bay
  • Cutthroat Bay
  • Green Ridge
  • Stillwater
  • Sunset Point
  • Willow Creek

More than 3 feet of snow fell in some areas of the forest, officials said, and cooler temperatures along with some additional precipitation is expected over the weekend.

Officials warned visitors to plan ahead for adverse conditions.

“Make safety your top priority when heading into the forest. Check weather before heading out. Remember your safety is your responsibility,” officials stated.

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