Sep 5, 2010 8:11 PM by Matt Stafford

Busy campsites in Southern Colorado

Travelers looking to get away from the hustle and bustle are finding more of the same at Colorado Springs camp sites.

"We've called probably four different campgrounds before we came upon this one," says Sherry Rheinhart. Her family is visiting from Arizona.

"I just pulled in this morning and I had to wait for a spot before I could pull in." added Marshall Ables. "Everything is booked up, this is the spot we found."

For property managers, they're having trouble finding places to put everyone.

"There's more coming this afternoon," says Augusto Laguadan who works at Fountain Creek R.V. Park.

Without a reservation, which some campers have had for months, travelers might not find a spot.

"There's not that much. It's all pretty full," Laguadan says. It's hard for businesses to complain about staying busy.

Some of the nearby store owners in Old Colorado City see a push from having the campers nearby.

"We're seeing increased traffic both cars going by the street and people walking up and down the street," says Ed Bousquet, who owns the Barbeque Mercantile in Old Colorado City.

That's not the case for every shop; increases in sales for the holiday weekend may depend on the product the stores sale.

That's why an Old Colorado City antique store owner says it's just another business day for them.

"It really does not help any sales," says Wilfrid Gregoire. "It's just standard, just like every other day."

Gregoire still plans ahead, trying to find ways to get more shoppers in the door.

For the campers, they say take a lesson from the store owners.

"If you're going to plan Labor Day weekend, pre-planning." Rheinhart says.

They say it would have saved some headaches before hitting the road.


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