Saturday, August 02, 2008

Colorado campgrounds see increased number of visitors

Steamboat Pilot - Steamboat Springs,CO,USA
High gas prices and forests ravaged by beetle kill have not deterred dedicated campers, as some park officials predicted.

Despite delayed openings, many campgrounds in Routt County are showing an increase in the number of visitors setting up camp this summer.

“It’s higher than I expected,” said Kesha Clay, who works in developed recreation for the U.S. Forest Service. “ It’s good that it’s not slowing down that much.”

Couples John and Joann Roberts and Vince and Dee Vinnola came from Grand Junction and Denver, respectively, and camped for the first time at Steamboat Lake State Park this week.

“We probably could’ve gotten a motel cheaper, but we gotta get some use out of these trailers,” Vinnola said, pointing to his metal home for the past few days.
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