Latest News – April 19
The Turquoise Lake Road is OPEN for the 2016 Season!
After clearing feet of snow from local roads and bridges, the Lake County Public Works Road and Bridge crews kept after it and began the Turquoise Lake Road official Spring plow on Monday, April 18. According to Road & Bridge officials it will take at least another 10 days to clear the entire loop.
Crews continue to work on the rough lake road and folks are asked to use caution and common sense when traveling in the area as there are still icy spots on the road. County Roads 4 and 9 as they are known formally on the map will most likely see another round of snow before Old Man Winter finally loosens his grip. Barricades will shift as the crew makes progress and motorists are asked to respect those stop points
Traditionally the Turquoise Lake Road requires a bit of tunneling to remove the 10-12 foot walls of winter snow, but not so this year, even in light of last weekend’s fast-stacking Spring snowstorm which dumped up to two feet of snow in some parts of Lake County.
Road crews report about 6 ft snow drifts on windswept Sugar Loaf Dam, and not more than four feet in the are which in recent years has become known as “the slide area.”
So when will you take your first trip around the lake road?
Get Outta Leadville – It’s National Park Week
Last weekend’s Spring snow storm pummeled Lake County with more than a foot of snow, which just might be the perfect excuse to leave the shovel by the back door and travel to lower – and warmer – elevations to celebrate National Park Week, April 16 to 24! And the best part is that more than 400 national parks and monuments – including the four in Colorado – will offer free admission as part of the centennial celebration of the National Park Service.
The national parks in Colorado include Rocky Mountain National Park, which covers 415 squares miles and more than 300 hiking trails; Mesa Verde, with its thousands of archaeological sites; Great Sand Dunes, which offers a diverse landscape and even “sand sledding”; and Black Canyon of the Gunnison, where the river has carved through rock over millions of years.
National monuments in Colorado include Colorado National Monument near Grand Junction; Dinosaur National Monument across the state border from Vernal, Utah; and Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument near Colorado Springs.
You may or may not have heard, but 2016 is a big year for the parks, as the National Park Service celebrates its centennial. National Park Week is part of that fun and designated as the time to discover national parks and the wonders they contain. There are natural, cultural, and historical gems to choose from. And with so many options, you’re bound to find a park that speaks to your interests and passions!
Here are some highlights during National Park Week:
- April 16 – 24: Visit for free! Throughout National Park Week in 2016, every national park will give you free admission!
- April 22: Earth Day. On Earth Day, if you want to roll up your sleeves and pitch in with a project, look for a park where you can help out.
- April 23: National Park Instameet. Join an InstaMeet in a park. Gather in a designated place at a specific time to take photos and short videos to post on Instagram (and other social media) with the same hashtag: #FindYourParkInstaMeet, #FindYourPark, #EncuentraTuParque, #NPS100
- April 24: Park Rx Day. On Park Rx Day, parks will host fun recreational activities that encourage healthy lifestyles and promote physical and mental well being.