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Most Aspen Campgrounds Will Open May 19

Difficult Campground

Hundreds of camping sites from east of Aspen to near Marble and from Maroon Valley to Ruedi Reservoir will open in the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District for the summer Friday (May 19), according to The Aspen Times.

A concessionaire for the U.S. Forest Service is opening most of the campgrounds, while the agency itself has already opened Silver Bell in Maroon Valley and will open Silver Bar and Silver Queen for Memorial Day Weekend, according to Shelly Grail, recreation staff manager at the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District.

The Forest Service anticipates the usual rush of visitors to Maroon Valley this summer.

“The majority of our seasonal workers will be here by the end of the month,” Grail said.

Difficult Campground, the largest in the immediate Aspen area with 47 sites and a group spot, will open Friday with a new potable water system. The campground was closed halfway through last season so the work could be completed before winter set in.

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