KUSA - It may not feel like it, but we're coming up on the unofficial start to summer. 

This year, rain, snow and cold have led up to Memorial Day weekend. 

So, will the recent soggy weather affect your holiday plans?

Here's a look at what you can expect, depending on what your weekend agenda has on it:


Temperatures are expected to warm up this weekend, so you should be comfortable enough. 

But be ready for mud. As the temperature rises and snow melts, it will get sloppy. 

Most low-elevation campgrounds are expected to be open this weekend. 

Rocky Mountain National Park said they expect all their campgrounds to be full, however, Trail Ridge Road will remain closed.

Trail Ridge Road will stay closed over Memorial Day weekend
Trail Ridge Road will stay closed over Memorial Day weekend

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The U.S. Forest Service announced opening dates for sites in the White River National Forest last week. Campgrounds near Aspen and the Flat Tops and other higher elevation campgrounds (above 8,000 feet) are delayed in opening due to high snowpack, but most others are now open.

White River National Forest campgrounds  A flock of geese playing in spring Maroon Lake at base of Maroon Bells, Aspen, Colorado, USA.
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It's also important to be aware of flooding danger if you're camping in an area that has had a lot of snow. 


Hiking will be muddy almost anywhere you go this weekend. 

If you come across a muddy trail, walk through the puddles and not around them. 

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Several popular trains are also still closed because of avalanche damage. 

The Ten Mile Canyon National Recreation Trail, a popular 6-mile long recreation path that runs between Copper Mountain and Frisco, is covered with deep piles of debris brought down by nearly two dozen avalanches. It could be July before that trail opens for the summer.

Ten Mile Cayon Trail
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The Conundrum Creek Trailhead and parking lot near Aspen are also temporarily closed after an avalanche that U.S. Forest Service officials have called a “landscape-changing event.” The closure could extend into the summer and fall seasons depending on snowmelt and the underlying damage and debris, the U.S. Forest Service said.  

Conundrum Creek Trailhead
The Conundrum Creek Trailhead near Aspen is buried in 15-30 feet of snow after an avalanche earlier this month.
U.S. Forest Service

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Icy and muddy conditions have caused trails in Larimer and Boulder counties to be closed. Jefferson County is also dealing with the impact melting snow is having on trail conditions. 

U.S. Forest Service crews have been working to clean up avalanche debris near the Maroon Bells Scenic Area and hope to have it open by Friday. Rangers say to expect winter conditions at Maroon Lake and snow on the surrounding trails.

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Swimming pools across the front range are still scheduled to open this upcoming holiday weekend.

The cities of Aurora, Arvada, Fort Collins and Boulder all plan to have outdoor pools open for the holiday weekend, according to city spokesmen. 

Snow pool

Water World, located in Denver, also plans to open Saturday.

A spokeswoman for the city of Denver said their pools typically don’t open until after Memorial Day weekend, because lifeguard staffers are often students who are still finishing the school year. Denver Parks and Recreation’s outdoor pools are scheduled to open June 3.


Yes, you can go both skiing and swimming this weekend. 

After receiving amazing amounts of fresh powder in the recent storm, Breckenridge, Arapahoe Basin, Aspen and Purgatory all announced they will be open over the holiday weekend. 

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It might finally be a good time to get those plants in the ground. 

We are expecting temperatures in the high 70s Saturday and Sunday with a lot of sunshine. 


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Kathy said there are some rainstorms in the extended forecast, but from what we can tell right now, it's a safe time to plant. No promises, though! This is Colorado after all. 

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