It's not just JUCO that has the Western Slope buzzing. With the holiday weekend upon us many families are heading outdoors for a weekend of fun and camping. But don't plan on just stopping by a campsite on the Western Slope. This year, you'll more than likely need a reservation.
With the economy down and money tight, local campgrounds have seen an increase in people who are looking to stay a little closer to home this holiday weekend. Eric Los of Highline Lake says, “a lot more people coming in from Grand Junction, Fruita and surrounding areas,” And they are gearing up for the flood of people, “ all our campsites have been reserved since the third week of march.” Highline Lake is not the only campground that is expecting a full crowd this weekend. “We're looking for a busy weekend, reservations are full,” says Curtis Pauli, owner of KOA Campground.
For Tracy and Glenn Goldstein, from steamboat springs, “it's closer than Moab for us, an hour and a half closer.” Highline was a much shorter drive. But it's not just the in state residents that are attracted to the western slope. Some traveled pretty far to get here. Like Alvin Albright from Greenville, SC, “I came here to visit canyon lands national park and Grand Junction.” Because a drive from the east coast is exactly what he needed, “beautiful weather, no sweating, no insects, no humidity, its great.”
So if it's money you are looking to save, for around twenty dollars a night at Highline you get, a campsite, restrooms with showers, vending machines, lake access and a beach. So if you plan to visit the lake Ranger Los has a word of advice, “the best thing getting on the lake is to get here as early as you can.” And a warning, “we'll be hitting the lake hard, you can drink but you have to be sober to drive.” Because the goal is to keep everyone safe so they can keep coming back.