Bears are active and there have been incidents at several campgrounds across the White River National Forest:
-Weller Campgroundon the Aspen/Sopris Ranger District is open to hard sided campers only
-Backpackers in the Maroon Bells/Snowmass Wilderness are required to have bear resistant canisters
- Montezuma Road near Keystone has been closed to overnight camping
Though the Hanging Lake Trail is open year-round, it will be CLOSED for some extensive trail maintenance work on the following 2016 dates:
May 25 and 26 – the trail crew will replace a foundation to one of the railing posts below the staircase climb.
June 13 and 14 – A Rocky Mountain Youth Corps crew will construct new rock steps to Spouting Rock, remove graffiti from and repaint bridges, and clear-coat the resting benches along the trail.
September 10 – Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers will host their annual Hanging Lake Trail work day.
For more information about Hanging Lake, please see the Hanging Lake Trail information page, and if you have further questions contact the Eagle-Holy Cross Office at 970-827-5715, or stop by during business hours Monday-Friday from 8:00-4:30.
The Grand Avenue Bridge in Glenwood Springs is undergoing construction. The project will require river traffic to halt between the hours of 4:00 am and noon on several weekdays in late July and early August; dates will depend on the weather and construction progress. Weekends will not be affected. Visit grandavebridge.codot.gov or call (970)618-9897 for current information.
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo., Oct 12, 2012 –The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) notified the U.S. Forest Service that it has discovered isolated surface deposits of asbestos-containing materials (ACM) on portions of the valley floor at Camp Hale on the White River National Forest. White River Forest Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams has ordered a closure of the affected area (see map) until the known hazardous materials have been mitigated and/or removed. Supervisor Fitzwilliams has issued an...see full press release.
Thanks to the quick response of the Eagle/Holy Cross district and a small group of cavers, the broken ladder inside the access culvert at Fulford Cave has been removed and a new ladder installed. Fulford Cave is now open for use. Remember that access to all caves in Region 2 must be authorized through a mandatory registration system that is available online through the regional office. Click here to register.