May 17, 2012 1:40 PM by Greg Boyce
Winter storms with winds of over 150 miles an hour have damaged several trails and campgrounds in Custer and Chaffee Counties.
Alvarado Campground, southwest of Westcliffe, received extensive damage. The clean-up is expected to take weeks and Alvarado isn't expected to open until June 29 at the earliest.
Forest Service crews, along with private contractors and prison work crews are trying to get the popular campground cleaned up.
Citizen's can help by hauling wood away. In most cases, the public is able to park their vehicle at a campsite or road to load into their vehicle without much or any actual cutting. Permits are $10 dollars a cord, with a three-cord minimum. Contact Jeff Outher at the Westcliffe work center if interested in obtaining fuel wood permits at 719-783-2079.
Lake Creek, Davenport, Ophir Creek, St. Charles, Southside and La Vista Campgrounds remain open.