Update: Canon City Campgrounds Now Open
Private campgrounds in the vicinity of Colorado’s Royal Gorge near Canon City reopened in the wake of the temporary closure of U.S. 50 and evacuations of campers and staff of several campgrounds, Camp Colorado reported in today's (June 17) e-newsletter.
A number of buildings at the Royal Gorge bridge attraction were destroyed, but the suspension bridge itself appears little damaged and could reopen relatively soon.
Elsewhere in Colorado, private campgrounds also were open and bustling with Father’s Day vacationers.
“The train is open, the river is open for rafting, the Royal Gorge has a bit of cleanup to do,” Mountain View RV Park at 45606 Highway 50 posted late in the week to its Facebook fan page. “Finally the authorities figured out there was no threat. The (highway) is open. The people in charge made many poor decisions. We are now back in action.”
On Saturday, Starlite Classic Campground at 30 County Road 3A posted, “What a gorgeous day! Rafting is great right now and the sky is blue and beautiful! Come on down and enjoy the peace.” The campground also snapped a picture of its sign reading, “Welcome. We’re Open. Thanks, Firefighters.”
On Thursday, Echo Canyon Campground at 45044 West U.S. Highway 50 acknowledged the brief highway closure but said, “We look forward to seeing you all very soon!”
Wildfires are common in the Rocky Mountain West, especially in times of drought.