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Labor Day travelers head home, heavy traffic in Pikes Peak Region

Posted at 10:58 PM, Sep 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-04 09:11:00-04

COLORADO SPRINGS – Despite the busy roads and a few hiccups along the way, Labor Day travelers said this past weekend was amazing as they got to experience the beautiful state of Colorado.

On Monday afternoon Sal Alcantar said, “A lot of people are out that’s for darn sure.”

His wife, Ange Alcantar, said, “From leaving Keystone…to get to Denver it was a little slow going.”

Obadiah Garcia was heading back to Lubbock, Texas. He said, “It’s my fourth time coming out here. Traffic was probably a little more busier than it usually is. A lot of cars out there today.”

These people, along with so many others, were soaking up the last summer holiday on Monday.

Garcia said, “Came all the way out to Denver just to hang out for Labor Day, had some friends out here, just came to check out all the attractions.”

Carolyn Archibeque said, “We’re from Los Luna, New Mexico. We went to Denver to see some relatives.”

The Alcantar family spent the weekend celebrating a birthday and also participated in Oktoberfest in Keystone.

Drezen Alcantar said, “We all ran a 5K.”

After Keystone, the family made a quick stop in Colorado Springs.

Drezen said, “It’s very pretty.”

Garcia said, “It’s an amazing place out here, love Colorado.”

Labor Day is sometimes referred to as the unofficial end of summer and these travelers know they’re saying goodbye to the summer season and hello to fall. School is starting and the weather is changing.

Garcia said, “It’s bittersweet.”

While Labor Day is a time for family and fun, it’s also about remembering and honoring the contributions of workers across America.

Archibeque said, “Mostly to me it’s celebrating my husband, the people who work, but mostly my sons who were in the military.”

AAA reported that more than 640,000 Coloradans were expected to travel over the weekend. This is the most Labor Day travel since 2005.