Saturday, July 24, 2021
Saturday, July 24, 2021

Have you already booked a campsite this summer in a National Park?

Are you headed off to a National Park this summer with the rig to spend a day or maybe even a week camping in a National Park? We hope you realize before you just head on out that you’ll need a reservation in all but the least popular parks. Alas, America the Beautiful has become America the Crowded, and the chances of pulling into a National Park and easily securing a campsite are about as rare as finding an honest RV salesman. (Okay, we’re just kidding. There are plenty of them; we just need more of the good variety.)

So are you headed off soon to Zion, Yellowstone, Yosemite or Acadia? Do you have your reservations made? That’s what we’d like to know.

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dave
6 days ago

Learned long ago that National Parks campsites were better had during the shoulder seasons. It’s hard to get the kiddies out of school, but oh it’s worth it.
Now that we are full-time, we still do the same.

Dennis G
26 days ago

We had our 2020 Yellowstone vacation cancelled by the NP. Reserved late last year for 2021. Now that we are back home, I can say everything and everywhere we stayed along our trip was booked solid.

Neal Davis
1 month ago

Our RV is too large to fit in national parks (or there are so few sites that fit our RV that we don’t bother trying). Our next one will fit more sites (will be shorter), but we may still avoid national parks. I have learned the wisdom of the Yogi Berra-ism (maybe he actually said it even), “Nobody goes there any more, it’s too crowded.” I anticipate it will describe my lack of future camping in national parks, given the current glut of fellow campers. Our favorites are state parks, BLM campgrounds, and COE campgrounds.

Last edited 1 month ago by Neal Davis
Desert Beacon
1 month ago

Yes. In fact, we are at the Grand Canyon right now with reservations at Desert View CG followed by Trailer Village. We were lucky to snag a cancellation at Trailer Village.

jillie
1 month ago

I found a new RV campground thru a recommendation on FB RV page. Can’t wait to try out a new RV park. We too have a secret spot in the UP and you have to book early or you do not get one. I almost lost out when I waited too long on a good spot. So two new RV parks trying out in the UP and one secret. 10 days. I can’t wait. One more week and ahhhhh.

Caro Erlingheuser
1 month ago

I’ve booked 5 days at Fishing Bridge in Yellowstone for NEXT year. Due to family responsibilities have had to put off bucket list cross country trip. Now or never–Im old!

DonD
1 month ago

Yellowstone has got to be one of the greatest NP’s. Been there twice and it’s so majestic it boggles my mind.

Dennis G
26 days ago

You will love Fishing Bridge. The general store by the campground is nice. The hikes nearby are easy as well.

Sherry Christiansen
1 month ago

We are headed today to Grand Tetons, Yellowstone and Glacier, in that order. We’ve had reservations since March and because we had a campground cancel our reservation in Tyler, TX without notice, I’ve called each to re-confirm that our reservations were still valid. All were confirmed as expected.

jillie
1 month ago

We took a tour from our KOA site at the base of Yellowstone. Avoided the crowds and saw all of Yellowstone and the Tetons. Will never forget that trip. As for Glacier? We signed up for hike tours and the red bus tours as well. Prince Albert Hotel. Now that was awesome. Enjoy.

Bud
1 month ago

Secret camping area! Going twice, July & Sept! I have learned to keep quiet about these things!

MrDisaster
1 month ago

We stayed at Gros Ventre Campground in Grand Teton NP in early May. We made the reservation late (early April) but got a site with power (water and sewer dump at the entrance). Site was level and huge. Our 38′ fifth wheel fit with no problem. The weather…well that is another story.

Joe Allen
1 month ago

We are here in full hook ups at the government side of Yellowstone NP. Everything in here is booked according to the guest services until late August. There are 2290 rooms here in Yellowstone with all booked! Bison jams are a real thing and the traffic here is unbelievable, but can be done with patience! You want to enjoy a National park, volunteer or work there for the few months they need you. You will come out much better in the end and actually see the National Park in it’s entirety and enjoy your stay. No rush to take all in at once and enjoy the beauty of the park at your leisure!

Dave Green
1 month ago

I said yes but actually, it’s for Sept and Oct. I got lucky and got a week in Upper Pines in Yosemite and later at Trailer Village at the South Rim.

Gary Stone
1 month ago

We could only book one night at Sol Duc Hot Springs in Olympic National Park. After dutifully filling in the required information our site ended up being a tent site. Fortunately our trailer was small enough to fit the parking space, but the TV had to be parked 200 yards away in overflow parking. The worst part was our tenting neighbors rummaging around in their car for stuff at all hours right outside our door. Tell me when you hear noises like that at 2 AM you aren’t thinking “BEAR!” 🤣

Gary Stone
1 month ago

Most natl parks seem to be first come first served…so that’s a deal killer right there. Who wants to drive 5-6 hours and find all the sites taken. Many RVers don’t like boondocking, especially searching for a spot as dark approaches. I know there’s tricks to getting a FCFS spot…like getting in the queue for a spot by 5 AM…but that often gets to be too much anxiety for what’s supposed to be a relaxing camping trip.

Jim ransdell
1 month ago

No.. I was stuck in a 15 mi. Long buffalo traffic jam in yellowstone park on Memorial day. I’m over it.

TedD
1 month ago

No! No National Park reservation for us. The reservation system is a total failure and I refuse to participate. Especially between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Without cancellation fees, or no show, fees, the National Park reservation system is missing out making a lot of money. Since there is only one reservation system for the parks, it should be easy to figure out if someone is booking multiple parks for the same dates. Simply don’t permit them to book multiple parks for the same dates. If that’s not possible, require full payment without a refund. When we DID get a reservation in the Grand Canyon, we were told the Campground was fully booked. we were there 4 days and the park was never more than half full. Sad.

Shannon Pound
1 month ago

We snagged a site at Slough Creek in Yellowstone in August. This is the first year for reservations in the NPS managed campgrounds there. I was online at 7 am sharp the day reservations opened to get the site. A few hours later I checked again and the campground was fully booked for the entire summer.

Marybeth Almand
1 month ago

We stay as far away from National Parks in the summer as we possibly can!

Diane Mc
1 month ago

No summer travels for us for most of the reasons by previous posters.

TedD
1 month ago
Reply to  Diane Mc

Same here!

Bugsy
1 month ago

We prefer boondocking so only book campsites if it looks like there is no BLM land around. Also seems foolish to pay for a site with no hookups. We were just at Joshua Tree. BLM land right at the entrance. Plenty of sites.

Skip
1 month ago

Have no desire to stay inside parks anymore too cramped, too loud. Need peace and quiet at night. Better service outside and venture outside around towns. Make our one visit inside the park then moving on. And too {bleeped} hot to go northwest this year with the drought so we canceled and staying east. And why should da?n be bleeped. Come on Diane I think we are going way to far.

Last edited 1 month ago by Skip
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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
1 month ago
Reply to  Skip

Hi, Skip. Don’t blame me. I didn’t bleep it — our filter did. When I see something that the filter (bleeped), I’ll look in Edit mode to see what the word was and usually put it back in with a missing letter so that it’s in there, anyway. Take care. 🙂 —Diane

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