May is just around the corner, along with the sunshine, flowers and singing birds, come summer plans to get outdoors to enjoy everything Mother Nature has to offer. While no mother should have favorites, it seems that Snowmass Village and Aspen are certainly her preferred children; with extraordinarily beautiful springs every year and incredible views year round, Snowmass Village and Aspen are clearly her darlings.
Mild temperatures throughout the Rockies this year have brought early snowmelt and have enabled the population to get out to enjoy the beautiful spring season and the natural beauty of Aspen and Snowmass Village earlier than usual. The Aspen Times reported yesterday that the Maroon Creek Road will open today, the earliest opening day in 20 years. The roads are apparently clear of snow, but muddy. Likewise the trail is expected to be muddy with small patches of snow on it throughout. With that, the summer camping season has begun!
For those who love the great outdoors but lack the know-how or equipment to camp comfortably, the Aspen/Snowmass Company offers guided camping excursions in the area. Even the experienced camper seeking a more elegant camping experience might enjoy this service, as it allows one to sit back and take in Nature, while leaving the details up to the pros.
In and around the Aspen area there are a number of great campground choices quite close to town. Difficult Campground, despite its name, is just a quick four miles from town, offering both hiking and fishing. It has one of the earliest opening dates for its summer season, offering campers spots as early as May 15. Difficult Campground is located just on the banks of the Roaring Fork River and offers superb animal watching conditions.
Silver Bell Campground, located just off the Maroon Creek Road will open with the road, a full month ahead of schedule. Typically campers canâ€™t get into Silver Bell until May 22nd. This year, however, it is already easily reached by car and ready for its first 2012 visitors. Likewise, Silver Queen, just up the road from Silver Bell will be open, as well as the more remote Silver Bar campground. Hiking is a must in this spectacular area with the most iconic views of Aspen.
Slightly higher in elevation, Lincoln Creek is a more remote camping experience with fewer amenities. However, whatever it lacks in elegance, it certainly gains in view and atmosphere. Here fishing and hiking are both available, but space is limited â€“ so hurry on up to this site early and claim your spot!
Even higher and slightly farther from town is the Lost Man campground. Fourteen and half miles from town and at an elevation of over ten thousand feet, Lost Man has fishing as well as hiking in the Hunter and Fryingpan wilderness areas. Not two miles away, the ghost town of Independence makes a fun and educational excursion for the whole family.
For those campers ready to take on the challenge all on their own, the White River National Forest Recreation website has a complete listing and description of campsites in the Aspen and Snowmass Village area.
This spring, get outside and see why locals truly believe Aspen and Snowmass Village are Mother Natureâ€™s favorite children. Once convinced, you can find your own little corner in paradise by clicking here to see homes, condos and investment properties in and around Aspen and Snowmass Village!