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The road to a Colorado scenic area to open soon

May 15, 2019

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Crews clearing avalanche debris from a road to a Colorado scenic area believe they can get the road open by May 24, but the amphitheater at the Maroon Bells area still won’t be available for late spring weddings.

Pitkin County officials had initially estimated the road might not open until June 15 — a month later than usual.

County road director Scott Mattice tells The Aspen Times they’re now aiming for the Friday before Memorial Day Weekend.

The U.S. Forest Service says unfortunately, the earlier road opening doesn’t help the 16 couples with plans to wed in the area between Memorial Day and June 14.

Shelly Grail, recreation manager for the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District, says Forest Service facilities at Maroon Lake may not be staffed until mid-June.

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Information from: The Aspen Times, http://www.aspentimes.com/