North Central Utah Parks Eye May Openings

May 10, 2012 by   - () Leave a Comment

Last winter, snowfall on the Wasatch Front in north central Utah piled up and broke records, forcing campgrounds to open later in the season. This year, the area ended up at the other end of the snow gauge and the campgrounds will soon be up and running, KSL-TV, Salt Lake City, reported.

“I just remember trudging through snow,” Carole Majeske said, recalling a walk through Spruces Campground in Big Cottonwood Creek last May. “There were five- to six-foot snowdrifts throughout the campground.”

This year, the National Forest Service recreation manager was treated to a nice spring stroll through the same area, with temperatures in the 70s.

In May 2011, Spruces campsites were covered and the campground did not open until late June. But there’s better news for the anxious campers this year.

“It looks like we’ll be open for Memorial Day weekend, which is traditionally the big camping weekend,” Majeske said. “We know people are ready. They’ve been calling and asking about campgrounds.”

Sure, there’s still some snow around in places, but you can bet it won’t be there for long.

“I think people really enjoy that contrast, and that’s a great thing about living in Utah,” Majeske said. “You never know what to expect and there’s great variability every season.”

“We know people are ready. They’ve been calling and asking about campgrounds.”

Tanners Flat Campground in Little Cottonwood Canyon is also slated to open May 25.


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