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Weekend camping iffy in higher elevations

Weekend camping iffy in higher elevations

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The heavy mountain snowpack, raging streams and muddy roads have the U.S. Forest Service scrambling to prepare for Memorial Day weekend.

The snowbound Mirror Lake Highway across the spine of the Uinta mountain range will not open for its entire length. Only lower-elevation campgrounds along the road will be open.

Forest officials caution that people could have trouble reaching higher-elevation campgrounds on dirt or gravel roads in the Uinta mountains and the Fishlake and Manti-LaSal national forests.

The Forest Service says that, generally, roads, trails and campgrounds above 8,000 feet in elevation are still buried in snow or muddy.

All campgrounds at Flaming Gorge Recreation Area will be open except high-elevation Spirit Lake.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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