The Forest Service announces that Difficult Campground, located on the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District near the Aspen area, will close for the remainder of the summer season starting on Aug. 15 for a drinking water system renovation project. The Day Use Area and parking for the Difficult Creek trailhead will remain open during construction. From Aug. 15 until the end of the season, no overnight camping will take place or be permitted at Difficult Campground. The campground is expected to reopen for use for the 2018 summer season.

“We realize the inconvenience this may cause people,” said Karen Schroyer, District Ranger. “The closure will give crews the space and time they need to safely do the work so we can have a new working water system in place for next summer season.”

The current water system was constructed in 1981 and because of deterioration, age and evolving drinking water regulations, the water system must now be updated from the source through the distribution system. Difficult Campground is a popular camping location on the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District. Ensuring a quality water supply for the future is a top priority so the public can continue to enjoy use of the area.

Alternative camping locations and campgrounds in the Aspen area include; Lincoln Gulch, Lost Man, Portal, Silver Bar, Silver Bell, Silver Queen or Weller campgrounds. Most of these campgrounds may be reserved in advance online at www.recreation.gov or they are first come, first serve. Chapman Campground and Ruedi Marina are good alternatives for RV camping. To view a list of campgrounds and camping locations in the Aspen area located on the White River National Forest, click this link: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/whiteriver/campgrounds .