One-Dollar Hike for Camping Fees in Colorado National Forest Announced

“Camping fees go up a buck, but that’s not unusual.” This was Mike Kenealy’s statement as the announcement of one-dollar hike fee hike for camping at Colorado National Forest was made public. Kenealy is White River National Forest’s recreation and special uses coordinator.

Basically, site fees vary depending on the types of services. Fees range from $17 at the Pine Cove Campground to $24 at the Heaton Bay for those who need electricity hook up. On the other hand, day-use fees rolled back a few dollars from last year’s $8 down to $5. Meanwhile, overnight guests will be charged with extra $5 vehicle fee for a second vehicle.

Aside from fee changes, guests need not expect other changes in the campground operations.

However, the new concessionaire is planning to add several sites to the online advance reservations system and to extend the reservation window beyond a week prior to desired schedule.

According to Kenealy, some campground seasons may also be extended although it will remain in a first-come, first-served basis before Memorial Day and after Labor Day. However, reservations are still available between the two holidays. Normally, the season runs mid-May through mid-September, but the campgrounds such as Heaton Bay may remain open until end of October.

Some of the Green Mountain Reservoir sites and Blue River campground will open on May 4. The rest will open depending on weather and demand, but eventually, all will be open by Memorial Day.


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