Although memorial day is the traditional kickoff for summer activities,
people wanting to sleep under the stars on the Grand Mesa are out of luck.
All campgrounds atop the Grand Mesa are still closed due to deep snow, and though most lakes are now ice–free, access to lakes away from the road are still impossible to get to by car.
Those wanting to camp on national forest land can find dispersed camping available on lower–elevation parts of the forest, including the Hightower area and Leroux Creek.
In addition, all snow–free Bureau of Land Management areas are open to the public, as is most of the Uncompahgre Plateau south of Grand Junction.
There are no campfire restrictions at this time, so campers willing to look around should be able to find someplace to enjoy the great outdoors.
However, unless you have reservations, that camping trip won't include Highline Lake State Park, as that campground is already fully reserved for the three–day weekend. But one of the Grand Valley's most popular destinations is still available for day use, so if you want to get your boat on the water for a few hours, Highline Lake may be an option. There are restrictions on the number of boats on the water at any one time, so it may be a good idea to call ahead and see if there is space available.