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Historic San Juan ranger cabins opening to public

DOLORES, Colo. (AP) -- Two historic U.S. Forest Service outposts in the San Juan Mountains near Mancos and Dolores should be ready for public use by the summer of 2018.

The Cortez Journal reports that it took nearly a decade to get the former ranger housing at the Aspen Guard Station and the Glade Guard Station ready for public use.

The Aspen Guard Station in the Mancos Valley was built nearly 80 years ago.

The Glade Guard Station near the McPhee Reservoir is even older. It includes an early 20th-century ranger house and a barn. A three-year project to renovate the site ended in 2011.

An official with the U.S. Forest Service's Dolores district tells the newspaper that despite delays, the structures should be available for tourist rentals by 2018.

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