MINTURN — According to the Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District, there are still large amounts of snow remaining in the high country limiting access to some recreation opportunities. Trails, camping areas and roads are melting out slower than usual and may open later than expected.
The following campgrounds are open for the early summer camping season: Gore Creek, Camp Hale Memorial, Hornsilver and Sweetwater. As of now, all other campgrounds still have snow in the sites or access roads are too soft – these will open as soon as the snow melts and the roads are dry.
Refer to the 2014 Motor Vehicle Use Map for vehicle travel opening dates. If you encounter snowpack, turn around as the ruts on the soft roadbed cause damage and channel water down the surface. The MVUM is available at district offices in Minturn and Eagle, and can also be found on the White River webpage at Motor Vehicle Use Maps. You must store your food, garbage, beverages and all other attractants in a bear-resistant manner in all Eagle-Holy Cross Campgrounds.
The Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District is looking for volunteer hosts to help manage the Yeoman Park and Fulford Cave Campgrounds for the summer. If you enjoy being outside, talking with fellow campers and helping to care for the land, then please contact Paula Peterson at 970-827-5159. For other information, contact the Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District at 970-827-5715 in Minturn or 970-328-6388 in Eagle or go to www.fs.usda.gov/whiteriver.