Colorado state parks near capacity for Labor Day weekend

Posted at 4:30 AM, Aug 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-29 09:11:06-04

AURORA, Colo. — Labor Day weekend is right around the corner. If you haven't reserved your camping spot yet, you're going to face some slim pickings in Colorado.

Colorado Parks & Wildlife said most state parks are close to capacity with parks opening up spots six months in advance for reservations. Chatfield and Cherry Creek State Parks are almost completely booked.

Parks officials said if you are willing to go outside the Denver Metro area, you may be in luck.

"More on the western side of the state, it looked like maybe State Forest state park had a few sites available, but whether or not you're going to have everything in a continuous weekend is going to be really tough to find at this point." said Rebecca Ferrell, Colorado Parks & Wildlife Public Information Officer.

Ferrell added Crawford and Vega State Parks to the list of areas where there is still some availability left for campsites.

There is a reservation window of three days in advance for all camping sites, so you will have to reserve by Tuesday for camping starting on Friday. To check on cancellations, call the park you want to go to the morning of, check on availability and then book the site in person on a first come first serve basis. You are unable to book a spot over the phone to fill a cancellation.

Ferrell stressed the importance of people checking availability in each state park before making plans. Camping sites are expected to reach full capacity at multiple locations throughout the state.