Tuesday, December 6, 2022


Most National Park campgrounds have a 14-day limit. Should that be shortened to 7 days to accommodate more campers?


Most campgrounds in popular American National Parks are already booked for this summer, and some even well into next summer. The idea of just showing up and grabbing a spot without a reservation far in advance is rare.

Do you think it might be a good idea to limit stays in National Park campgrounds to 7 days instead of 14, as most parks specify today? It would allow far more people to camp in our parks than what is possible today.

So is this a good idea or bad idea? Please answer our poll. And if you feel strongly about this, please leave a comment.

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Mark Generales
1 year ago

How about with the BILLIONs and TRILLIONS the Feds are spending of OUR $$$$ – we demand they add Parks, campsites and places for Americans to go?

When was the last time the Feds built a new campground?

Handing out our money for all types of totally non productive purposes – it is OUR $$$. We should be demanding new locations, improvements, – we need a collective voice and we are without one that is effective. The industry is devoid of that.

Time for a large non profit that focuses on this.

Mark Generales
1 year ago

Yeah – get in the RV, drive 1,500 miles to Yellowstone so all you can get is 7 days. Forget it.

Bob P
1 year ago

I think the abuse by some who reserve a site but don’t show up should be stopped. When reserved it should be required to occupy that site with an RV and people not just parking an empty RV on the site in case you want to go camping. I have seen many times in a state park where someone reserves a spot every 14 days and come out once every 2 weeks and move their trailer over a couple of spots and go back home for another 2 weeks. If you’re not going to be occupying the RV then you shouldn’t be able to reserve the site.

1 year ago

In addition to shortening the number of days for a stay, track the RVs by license plate. Some RVers have been known to skirt the rules by registering/reserving by using the husband’s name once, the wife’s name once and their pets’ name(s) after that.

Robert L Snideman
1 year ago

Usually one or two days is enough to see most Park Attractions anyway.

Mark Generales
1 year ago

Where are you talking about? 2 days to see Yellowstone, Tetons, Grand Canyon? If all you do is take the loop drive and never get out of your car. Some of us actually prefer to “experience” the place. Arrive one day. Tour the next then leave?

Kathy J Underwood
1 year ago

The expense of getting there is just too large to stay only 7 days. I like to get more bang for my gas buck and enjoy staying 14 days. Yes, it does take planning well in advance but that seems to be the world we now live in.

1 year ago

Anyone that camps has had to notice that some RV’s seem to be in the same state and federal campground all season long. These are not campground hosts. People have learned how to work the system and make state and federal campgrounds their own summer resort. Some sites are reserved and you never see a unit on it and some have a unit there and no one ever around. Yes, there is a problem.

1 year ago

If you have the time to spend and see the area for 14 days then do so. Most retired people have the time/money to enjoy life. If you’re one of those jerks booking more than one site at a time because you don’t know when you are going to take vacation, wait until you know for sure.

Dennis G
1 year ago

While I would love to stay 14-days in a NP, most are pretty far from our home.

1 year ago

When demand is greater than supply, reservations are the fair and reasonable solution.

I recently spent a week at a National Park Campsite and by 10am there was a line of vehicles at the checkin building looking for an unreserved site–tying up traffic and two employees.

HOWEVER, the current reservation system is flawed because the reservation company and the campground aren’t closely connected and have poor policies.

• If you have a reservation and don’t show by checkout time, you forfeit the reservation and the money. The site goes back online for same-day online reservations–but no walk ins at the campground!

• If you cancel at the last moment, rather than loosing all your money, you should only loose part IF the campground was able to rent the site to someone else.

• Sites are wasted because some campgrounds have a 3 day minimum during holiday weekends. I’ll be leaving a site empty on Sunday July 4th. They should have made me pay for 3 days but reserve only 2.

1 year ago

I voted 7 day limit. That’s plenty of time. Share the wealth.

Alex Goldman
1 year ago

Not only should stays be limited to seven days, but the price should be raised fifty percent. That would reduce site hopping that shorter stays would encourage.

Larry Byrd
1 year ago

reduce to 10 days

Grant Edgar
1 year ago
Grant Edgar
1 year ago
Reply to  Grant Edgar

Here in New Zealand, the Motor Caravan Association restricts stays to 10 days per month in any of their member only campgrounds before they have to move on. This allows two weekends in one place and prevents people using them for permanent living. Seems to be working well.

1 year ago

Up heave the whole national parks reservation system. Needs to be run by the National parks itself. It can be a contained system with strict data input like MH\TT registration and drivers license to stop consecutive park registration or different name registration for same party different weeks. If caught playing the system then fined appropriately. Same way with trash heavier fines and red lined to use any national park system. This should eliminate 95 percent of the issues. But you have to stop contracting such services as reservations.

Mike Schwab
1 year ago

I would charge more for Friday night, Saturday night, and nights before a Holiday. Or discounts for non-holiday Sunday through Thursday nights.

John Koenig
1 year ago

First, National Parks / sites in general need to correct the scam reservation system. Once that’s done, I see no problem in allowing a 14 day stay. During those 14 days, the campsite actually MUST be used (NO “parking” / or reservations to be “used” in the future). Upon check in, the camper MUST sign a “Camping Agreement” that CLEARLY explains the Terms of Use as well as the penalties for violating said Terms of Use. Then ENFORCE said terms.

1 year ago

After reading all of the comments it seems to me that from a financial stand point the State and Federal campgrounds would be better off having a minimum stay of 7 days during the height of the camping season. Just saying

Dale Watkins
1 year ago
Reply to  Joe

7 day max. All campgrounds

Roy Davis
1 year ago

It really doesn’t effect us because we’re too big for most of them. We stay at “near by” private campgrounds and can stay as long as they allow.

1 year ago

I say yes, however I feel it should be shortened to a 10 day stay not 7.

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