COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner, and Colorado State Park officials anticipate the holiday to be another busy camping weekend across the state.
According to the monthly research report by Kampsites of America (KOA), nearly 18 million people are projected to begin their summer camping season on Memorial Day weekend.
However, the peak in campers is not uncommon. Jason Hagan, a ranger at Cheyenne Mountain State Park, said this was a trend that many Colorado parks have continued to observe, especially since 2020.
“With the past year and the increase in recreation and outdoor camping in particular, many places and many places that can be reserved are already booked,” said Hagan.
KOA reports that the state of Colorado is one of the top 10 places to camp on vacation, and local campers are already seeing a surge.
“Since we’ve been here, it has been packed from place to place. I think people are in and out and we see people making sales today, so I think some people are going to make room for the new weekend travelers, ”said Kristen Sim, a camper at Cheyenne Mountain State Park .
Before the pandemic, many said it wasn’t difficult to find a campsite within a week. But now you have to plan many months.
“We actually drive 6 months a day or these campsites usually fill up. It has gradually become like this … 10 years ago – no. 20 years ago – no, but for sure this year, ”said Steve Steinke, a camper in Cheyenne Mountain State Park.
But many campers say that it is the love for nature that makes many come back again and again.
“We love to just get out of the house … it’s just doing something different. Just play, turn off all the electronics, watch TV and just be together and be with the family and have fun, ”said Sim.
To find a campsite in the state of Colorado and make a reservation, visit the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website.