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Old 04-15-2008, 08:02 PM   #43
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Another potential upside to all the snow is that fire danger should be comparatively low at least for part of the summer .
But they'll be warning us all the grass that grew because of more water will be a fire hazard. If there were no water, they'd warn us about the fire hazard. Every year is a fire hazard.

Three fires in Colorado today with the high winds. I thought there might be one nearby, but the winds have been blowing so much dust around I can't see more than 5 miles. Normally I can see 40 or 50 miles. It should make an amazing sunset.

Gotta stopóDeadliest Catch is on.

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Old 04-15-2008, 08:20 PM   #44
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Another potential upside to all the snow is that fire danger should be comparatively low at least for part of the summer .
Yep, at least up here in the mountains. Unfortunately, central and southern New Mexico didn't get as much, and the springtime high winds have really dried things out. There have already been some big fires down there, and there's one burning today in the Manzano Mountains. The news report from a few minutes ago said that the fire is now about 200 acres and growing.


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Oh, I've decided to wait until the beginning of May to get the (always topless) MG out.

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Another potential upside to all the snow is that fire danger should be comparatively low at least for part of the summer .
Actually all this moisture at the beginning of the growing season is bad news for fires. Stuff will grow fast.
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Old 04-15-2008, 11:01 PM   #47
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OUTSTANDING NEWS! With a bit of luck I will be able to ease on up and enjoy the good life . I want to spend a couple weeks in New Mexico, so early June should put me into your neighborhood. I'm starting to get giddy.
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The attachment sums up current conditions on the San Juan NF. There is a link within where you can stay informed of San Juan FS roads and FS campgrounds. Hopefully this is of help in your planning.
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I am going to take the silence here on this thread to mean that more snow is melting than falling in the Rockies........
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I am going to take the silence here on this thread to mean that more snow is melting than falling in the Rockies........
we are expecting 8-24 inches this weekend in the mountains. It spring in Montana! Winter one day Summer the next. It all averages out to spring!
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In case you were wondering where the melting snow was going just check out my basement. No fun I guess we will spent the summer replacing the drain tiles to a home with a full 8 ft basement. On a bright side, my hubby can sit in the A/S and organize our misadventures in mud.
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Just returned from La Plata Canyon this morning. Reached Snowslide Campground using 4WD low range over a foot of snow/ice. I'm guessing mid June for access with a trailer.
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Just returned from La Plata Canyon this morning. Reached Snowslide Campground using 4WD low range over a foot of snow/ice. I'm guessing mid June for access with a trailer.
Thanks Denis. Where is this campground? Elevation?
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Snowslide CG is 9,000' Here is a link to the San Juan CG's; USDA Forest Service, San Juan National Forest - Campground Status
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Just returned from the Pagosa Springs area, We drove up Piedra Rd as far as the Piedra River trailhead. Snow still on the north sides and behind heavy timber areas. Roads are dry campgrounds aren't open yet but lower ones are mostly clear. Trails are muddy from all the snow melt. Another month and things should be great.
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Thanks Larry and Don. Im getting excited, if you cant tell.
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It's been warm (60's) and windy the past few days. The wind really eats the snow and I can see the snow line going up the West Elks. It's got to be above 8,000' by now, maybe closing in on 9,000'.

Unfortunately, the FS does not open a lot of campgrounds until long after the snow is gone. They are closing a lot of them permanently and you'd have to call them to make sure what is what—Colorado state parks are open all year and by next month or even now, all the campsites should be available. They can have a range from boondock sites (not isolated, just no services) to full hookups.

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