Core Trail closures
The high level of the Yampa River has caused some closures on the Yampa River Core Trail, specifically at the 13th Street underpass, the stretch from Trafalgar Drive to Fetcher Pond, the railroad underpass upstream of Fetcher Pond, and the U.S. Highway 40 underpass at Walton Creek. Closures are subject to change as the Yampa River gets closer to peak flow. Call Craig Robinson with the city of Steamboat Springs at 879-4300 for more information.
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Steamboat Springs Remaining snow from a heavy winter will keep campgrounds in Routt National Forest from opening until the first part of June, as U.S. Forest Service crews work to remove beetle-killed trees and wait for the snow to melt.
"There could be a few feet in some of the campgrounds," Forest Service public affairs specialist Diann Ritschard said Thursday. There's less snow in low-lying areas, but tree cover and a particularly blustery spring have pushed campground openings back, she said.
Kent Foster, recreation program manager for the Hahn's Peak Ranger District, said the Forest Service is working to weed out hazardous trees from Hinman and Dry Lake campgrounds and recently started preliminary work on Dumont Lake and Meadows campgrounds.
"The Meadows Campground and Dumont Lake up on Rabbit Ears Pass, we're beginning to cut hazard trees out wherever we can. But we had some guys snowshoe into some of our sites last weekend," Foster said, noting there still is plenty of snow in the Rabbit Ears area.
There were so many hazard trees at Hinman that the Forest Service brought in a logger to get them out, and efforts to clean up Dry Lake had workers walking around in a foot of snow. Foster said he hopes to have Dry Lake ready in the first two weeks of June, with Hinman and Seedhouse Group Campgrounds becoming available at the beginning of July.
He said camping options on Forest Service land in Routt County usually are limited this time of year, unless the winter was especially short or warm.
"This year, we just don't - there's just a lot of snow," Foster said. He suggested trying Bureau of Land Management sites in the south and west of the state for camping options during the holiday weekend. Nearby state park options are limited, as Stagecoach Reservoir is booked and Steamboat Lake State Park won't open until June 7.
Foster and Ritschard asked people to stay off roads and trails on Forest Service land until they are dry, and not to go into closed areas. Even riding a mountain bike on wet roads or trails causes damage, Ritschard said.