Don’t (snow) bank on Grand Mesa camping

Just when it looks like great camping weather, it snows on Grand Mesa.

The latest storm dropped less than 2 inches of snow but it’s enough to make you wonder if the campgrounds will open by the Fourth of July, which traditionally is a major camping holiday.

“Right now, most of the campgrounds on the mesa still are snowed in and closed,” said Kathy Moore, recreation program manager for the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison national forests.

“We opened Jumbo and the back part of Ward Lake is open, although the front part still is snowed in,” Moore said.

Popular sites such as Island Lake might open in a week or two, while other areas are a bit further from opening.

“Big Creek is starting to look better but it’s not open yet and neither are Weir Johnson,” she said. “They’re at 10,000 feet and there’s a lot of snow up there.”

Conditions change almost daily and Moore said she keeps the GMUG website ( updated with the latest information.

Most of the campgrounds below 10,000 feet on the Gunnison National Forest are open, including the campgrounds in the Taylor River canyon.

The Colorado Department of Transportation reported Kebler Pass is open but may close temporarily because of weather conditions.


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