Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Campsites at a premium along Colorado Front Range

Camping spots tough to reserve on summer weekends
Rocky Mountain News - Denver,CO,USA - It's a trend that's been complicated in recent years because many people are camping closer to home because of higher gas prices.

The Boulder Ranger District of the U.S. Forest Service oversees 243 campsites in six campgrounds within the Arapaho and Roosevelt national forests. Almost all the 128 sites that can be reserved in advance, including those in the Pawnee Campground in the Brainard Lake Recreation Area, already have been claimed for Friday and Saturday nights through Labor Day weekend.

The other 115 sites at those six campgrounds are available on a first-come, first-served basis through September, but on a recent weekend, 75 percent of those were booked by 9 a.m. Friday.

It doesn't mean you can't go camping this weekend or any time through Labor Day weekend, it just means you have to know where to look for open sites or start your weekend early.

"If people go up on a Thursday, they can pretty much guarantee they'll get a campsite for the weekend," says Maribeth Pecotte, visitor information specialist for the Boulder Ranger District of the Forest Service.
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