Labor Day weekend is traditionally the last hurrah for summer, and a last chance to get away for a weekend trip, but this year, fewer Americans are expected to hit the road and many are staying closer to home.
Elaine Churcher and her husband say by pitching their tent, they're saving a lot of money, “I mean all its doing is taking a little gas and a wee bit of money”.
She says they wanted to get away, but didn't want to break the bank either, so a trip over to the Western Slope from Denver was the perfect venture.
Grand Junction KOA campground owner Curt Pauli says he’s seeing more folks staying closer to home “"seems to be a few more people coming from close by".
He says the campsite is full every day this weekend and most travelers
seem to be trekking a shorter distance than in years past.
Park Officer Jude McGloin says the campsite out at Highline Lake State Park is also full, “we have a lot of people from different places, we have some locals and some from the Front Range and the high country”.
He says the campsite is full, but the day use park still has room for a few more visitors.
Although 39 million Americans are expected to travel this labor day holiday, that's actually down more than thirteen percent from this time last year.