Wet start to 3-day weekend for campers in Boulder County

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BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. -- It has been a soggy start to the three-day weekend, but that is not stopping some from hitting the trails and breaking out the camping gear in Boulder County.

"We had a quick storm that moved in, even some hail, and some snow. Pretty wet," said Becky Cramer of Fort Collins who set up tents in the Peaceful Valley campground about six miles north of Ward.

Cramer said she and the kids went running for cover as it started to fall. They added extra cover above their tent to keep it dry.

"It's fun," she said. "We don't mind. We're used to it."

This weekend is the traditional start of camping season for many. Those who set up camp early were forced to bundle up. Some even created makeshift hail shelters with tarp and wood.

"You know, it's been kind of terrible actually," camp host Mike Perdue said. "At 8,500 feet here, a little bit of rain turns into snow and sleet pretty quickly."

The U.S. Forest Service said much of Boulder County's high country is wet, muddy and even snow-packed. So if you're heading outdoors, be prepared.

Most campsites were reserved six months ago. Some spots are on first-come, first-serve basis and they're filling up fast.

"This seems to be a real Mecca, you know, coming out of Denver and Longmont," Perdue said. "People want to get out of the hustle and bustle of the city."

People said they were planning on a weekend of family fun, while remembering the reason they're all able to be here.

"It's all about the veterans and the people that have died in service," Perdue said.

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