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Summer travel season begins May 21 on the White River National Forest

 

May 21, 2018

 

Media Contacts:

Rich Doak, (970) 945-3267

Jamie Casterton, (970) 945-3237

 

Summer travel season begins May 21 on the White River National Forest

 

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. –   White River National Forest summer travel season begins on May 21 and ends on November 22. Some higher elevation roads and motorized trails do not open until later in May or early June, please call the local Ranger Station for information and check on the local road and trail status before heading out on your trip.

Motorized and mechanized vehicle users are responsible for knowing when and where they can drive or ride. Visitors using motorized transportation are asked to obtain and adhere to routes shown on the Summer Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs). MVUMS can be used to see what routes are open to motorized vehicles, which types of vehicles, and what the open dates are. Hard copies of MVUMs are free and available at all forest offices and are also available online athttp://bit.ly/WRNF_Travel_Mgmt .

Snowmelt rates vary from year to year, but on average:

·        Mid-April: Snow level around 8,000 feet.

·        Mid-May: Snow level around 9,500 feet.

·        Mid-June: Snow level around 10,000-10,500 feet.

·        Mid-July: Snow usually mostly clear except on highest north-facing slopes and passes.

It is important to note that e-bikes are considered a form of motorized transportation on all national forests across the country. E-bikes may be ridden on designated motorized routes shown on Motor Vehicle Use Maps including National Forest System (NFS) roads open to all vehicles; and National Forest System trails open to all motorized vehicles. Traditional (non e-bike) bicycles are allowed on designated trails and roads where mechanized use is permitted. Off-road and trail travel is prohibited.

Responsible use by all visitors is key to a sustainable recreation system. Follow these tips to ensure you protect the places you love to play:

·        Stay on designated roads, trails, and areas as identified on the motor vehicle use map, bicycle use map and forest visitor map.

·        Be respectful of other visitors.

·        Respect property boundaries and know what uses are allowed if you enter non-Forest Service property.

·        Do not widen trails by going around obstacles and do not create shortcuts.

·        Avoid wet, muddy trails.

·        Cross streams only at designated fords.

For the most current road and trail condition reports for each district, see our district reports section at https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/whiteriver/alerts-notices .

For more information, contact your local Ranger District or visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/whiteriver .

 

4th of July Parade Waiver

IMPORTANT PARADE INFORMATION

PARADE STARTING/STAGING: The parade will begin at 11:00am. Parade positioning is “first come, first serve” and line up begins no earlier than 10:00am. There is no entry fee and the parade is open to the public. All 5 lanes of Main Street, from Aspen Street to 2nd Street, will be closed to all traffic & designated for parade staging only. Power is not provided in staging area and remember generators do need gas.

PARADE ROUTE: The parade will start East on Main Street. It will turn South onto Hunter Street, then West onto Cooper Avenue. The parade will continue West on Cooper Avenue to Galena Street. At Galena it heads North for 2 blocks before turning West onto Hopkins Avenue. The parade will continue South on Mill then West on Hyman Avenue. Parade participants will be directed to disperse at Hyman and Monarch Street.  PARADE JUDGING: Parade judging will take place in front of the Hotel Jerome. Participants will be limited to 1 minute or less for any performances in front of the judges. Security will be onsite monitoring all entries to help prevent gaps in the parade route. Recognition will be awarded to the best entries in the following categories: 

Most Patriotic | Most Humorous | Best Animal | Best Music | Most Outrageous | Best Children’s  

PARADE REMINDERS:  

  • Consumption of alcohol is prohibited during the parade.
  • Candy, favors, etc. should not be thrown from your float/vehicle during the parade. This is for the safety of the spectators and to prevent children from running out into the street. 
  • Water balloons will not be permitted. According to city ordinances, those caught throwing balloons will be removed from the parade and could face citations and/or arrests. 
  • All parade entries must be in “good taste” and will be allowed in the parade per the director’s discretion. 
  • Maximum height restriction for any float entry is 13’5”.

 

The undersigned organization has elected to participate in the Fourth of July parade sponsored by the City of Aspen and Aspen Chamber Resort

Association (“ACRA”). In consideration for City of Aspen and ACRA allowing the undersigned to participate in the festivities, the undersigned has read, understood, and willingly agreed to the terms of this INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT and WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT (collectively referred to herein as “RELEASE”).

INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT

                                    Participants are required to carry insurance adequate to cover any liability for damage, injury, economic loss, or other

liability that may be incurred by individuals and/or organizations during the Fourth of July parade. All participants agree to carry such insurance, and also agree not to submit any claim against the insurance of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, or anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade.

WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT

                                         The undersigned understands the potential dangers that could be encountered in participating in the Fourth of July

parade. The dangers include, among other things, dangers relating to vehicular and pedestrian traffic; crowds of persons in close proximity to such traffic; animals that may react unpredictably in a parade environment; celebration and recreational activities; loud and unexpected noise; items that may be thrown to and from the crowd in connection with the parade; and other dangers traditionally associated with parades.

      Understanding those risks, the undersigned for itself and for all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade with the undersigned, does hereby agree to indemnify, hold harmless, and release City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their

officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade from any and all

liability, claims, demands, actions, or rights of action (including attorneys’ fees and costs) that are related to or are in any way connected with the

undersigned’s participation in the parade. By signing this RELEASE, the undersigned intends to extinguish any and all liability and to indemnify against any loss on the part of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade for any injury or damage of any nature (without regard to negligence or fault) to the undersigned and to all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.

                                      The undersigned warrants and represents that it will not invite or allow any person to participate in the parade unless

such person is bound to the terms of this RELEASE. To that end, the undersigned agrees that it shall take any steps necessary to secure agreement of such persons to the terms of this RELEASE, and that it shall be deemed a responsible person within the meaning of C.R.S. § 13-22-107 and § 19-1103(94) for all children who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.

SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION

   I am the official representative of the undersigned organization. On behalf of the organization, I acknowledge our responsibilities as set forth above. I also accept on behalf of the organization all of the terms and conditions of this

INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT and WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT.

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