SUMMIT COUNTY, Colorado. (CBS4)“Mountain towns have long relied on winter seasonal tourism to get around during the less busy periods of the year, but now the constant flow of tourists during the summer months has created a lucrative season that lasts almost year-round for places like Breckenridge and Frisco.
“The summer tourist season and fall tourist season are as important to Breckenridge as winter,” Lauren Swanson of the Breckenridge Tourist Authority said Friday.
As of Memorial Day weekend, travelers are already heading down Interstate 70 in an attempt to start exploring the mountains.
“We expect a strong summer tourism season,” Swanson added. “Current orders are ahead of last year. But given the slowdown in booking rates we’ve seen since April, we expect the booking season to be about the same as it was in 2021.”
That doesn’t count for people like Mike Wubben, who pulled up to Peak One Campground near Dillion Lake on Thursday to go camping with his family and friends.
“We like it here because there are a lot of activities here. We have water, bike paths, a bike park,” Wubben explained. – And it’s great.
All the campsites in the parking lot were booked, but Wubben said he was still getting the camping experience he had hoped for, even if other people had the same idea.
“Of course there are people, but it’s not… yeah, not overwhelming,” Wubben said.
Speaking of large crowds, the Breckenridge Tourist Board wanted to convey this message to anyone planning to head to the mountain towns this summer: try to get by without a car.
“We ask visitors to consider car-free when they spend time in the mountains, and we encourage guests to really experience the destination on foot, by bike and on free public transport,” Swanson said.
This request is largely based on the fact that now, after the snow melts, major road repairs are underway, and the number of parking spaces is always limited.