Camping/Roadside Parking Guidelines
| Colorado Department
The Colorado State Patrol, the Colorado Department of Transportation, and the U.S. Forest Service are committed to making the USA Pro Cycling Challenge (August 22-28, 2011) a world class event for the race participants, citizens of Colorado, and spectators.
In keeping with the bicycle racing tradition of spectator access, parking and camping will be allowed along Colorado highway right of ways as long as the following conditions are met:
- Roadside parking/camping can be in place no more than 24 hours in advance of the time the race is expected to pass that location.
- All vehicles, including trailers, must be parked entirely off the traveled portion of the highway, including all shoulders, gore points, divided highway areas, and access to private property.
- All vehicles, including trailers, may not pose a safety risk to the motoring public regardless of parking or camping area.
- All spectators will ensure their areas are clean of debris and trash promptly after the race passes.
- All spectators abide by laws regarding littering, indecent exposure, fire bans, unsafe conditions/practices, destruction of property, trespassing on private property, disruption/impediment of traffic flow, etc.
If any area becomes overwhelmed with vehicles, including trailers, or the number of vehicles in an area is deemed excessive, CDOT and CSP may clear the area and require vehicles to move to another location.
Recent Wildlife/Bear Activity
For spectators who may have been planning to stay in the Difficult Campground (six miles east of Aspen), the Forest Service has prohibited use of tents and soft-sided (fabric) trailers or campers due to a recent incident involving a black bear. The Forest Service recommends campers use sites along State Highway 82 between Aspen and Independence Pass, including the Lincoln, Lostman, and Weller Campgrounds.
Due to recent bear activity, the Colorado Division of Wildlife urges spectators to learn more about Bear Country by (clicking here)