Sunday, December 3, 2023


Have you made a campground reservation for this summer?

A couple of weeks ago we asked if you had begun trip-planning for 2021 yet. A combined 51 percent of you answered that you had already booked all your trips for 2021, or at least a few of them. Now, we’re wondering if that included making campground reservations… did it?

It’s getting harder and harder to book any campgrounds or RV parks last minute (as we discuss each week in our Crowded Campground column), so if you haven’t made reservations yet but are planning on doing so soon, get on it!

Please tell us in the poll below if you’ve made a campground reservation for next summer. We’re curious to know how many of you are planning at least six months in ahead. Thank you for voting!

Emily Woodbury
Emily Woodbury
Emily Woodbury is the editor here at She was lucky enough to grow up alongside two traveling parents, one domestically by RV (yep, Chuck Woodbury) and the other for international adventures, and has been lucky to see a great deal of our world (and counting!). She lives near Seattle with her dog and chickens. When she's not cranking out 700+ newsletters for she's hiking, cooking or, well, probably traveling.



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Mitzi Agnew Giles and Ed Giles (@guest_107671)
2 years ago

I’m another waiting to see when Canada reopens. There is a lot that didn’t get done over my first 2 trips due to health and DH finding he lost his passport and needed to get it reissued. Interestingly enough we were cleaning out the glove compartment this past Spring and rediscovered it, exactly where he had put it for safekeeping and where we had gone thru the “stuff” page by page looking for it. I personally believe in wormholes thru time since my glasses had been missing for almost 3 months and they were found exactly where I had left them, in a place that had been searched multiple times.

Donald N Wright (@guest_107589)
2 years ago

My 2021 loop goes through New Mexico. All campgrounds are closed unless you plan to stay locked in your RV for fourteen days.However, hotels are open !

Paul S Goldberg (@guest_107829)
2 years ago

We just came through New Mexico a week ago. Easily found a place in our preferred private cg in Las Cruces and there were other open sites. We stayed 2 nights and then moved on. During that time we picked up a meal at La Posta and visited with friends outdoors, separated and masked. There were no Quarantine Police just our own good intentions. The only “border guards” we saw were Border Patrol and they were checking for illegals and drugs not Covid 19. Our experience in all the states we crossed, AL, MS, LA, TX, NM and CA was the same. The hysteria about no campsites to be had is mostly for places where it has always been necessary to to book ahead, national parks, Disney etc. Private campgrounds near the main routes but away from big attractions were begging us to take extra nights as we traveled. We did get turned away from Tumble In outside of Marfa TX, their 5 pull through sites were booked for the night we wanted, stayed at Lost Alaskan in Alpine which was very nice.

Last edited 2 years ago by Paul S Goldberg
Bob Weinfurt (@guest_107426)
2 years ago

Not sure when or where we’re going this far ahead of time so we make reservations a month or so before we leave. We never travel around a holiday so finding a place is usually pretty easy.

Jeff Craig (@guest_107367)
2 years ago

At WA State Parks, if you don’t make a reservation the day they open – NINE months in advance – you aren’t going to get a space. It took me four days of trying (at exactly 0700) to get a space (my third choice) at our backup park near Wenatchee over a Federal holiday next year.

Abe Loughin (@guest_107366)
2 years ago

I answered no, but with the caveat, does having a workcamping position count?

Mary Ann (@guest_107364)
2 years ago

We are planning a summer cross country trip—Florida to Washington—and we have made a number of reservations already and intend to make more. My husband is disabled. The trip is much more enjoyable when we know where we will be each night.

MrDisaster (@guest_107355)
2 years ago

Still waiting on Canada to set the rules for opening the border and the vaccine to roll out further. We have Plan “A” and plan “B” for 2021.

rich (@guest_107353)
2 years ago

no and we’re not likely to….we generally do not take the RV out in summer preferring spring and fall instead. we leave summer to the folks who need to vacation when school is out.

DebBallew (@guest_107351)
2 years ago

We are waiting to see what happens. I cancelled close to 30 reservations last year. Don’t want to go through that again, no to mention $ lost

William Braxton (@guest_107350)
2 years ago

I plan on starting the battle of campground reservations on January 2, 2021. I hope to travel/Rv from March through November.

Bruce (@guest_107346)
2 years ago

Stuck in Alaska

PennyPA (@guest_107579)
2 years ago
Reply to  Bruce

I could think of worse places to be stuck.

Diane Mc (@guest_107343)
2 years ago

Making reservations for trip to INDY500 on to do list. Probably next week. Can’t make August/Sept reservation until Jan 1, otherwise it would have been done.

Cheryl (@guest_107342)
2 years ago

Have our rally reservations made for April to October for our chapter Oregon River Ramblers. Always stay 5 weeks at a Lake the month of July into August. Then head to snowbird October to April. All reservations already made.

Sink Jaxon (@guest_107341)
2 years ago

In the next few weeks, the news will announce COVID has mutated, just like in the UK, so the vaccines are worthless, we’ll go into a civil war, then China will attack us with an EMP then invade us. So I’m not making reservations. /sarc/ 😯 (heh)

jillie (@guest_107339)
2 years ago

In Michigan you need to get it all done before December because most are thinking next summer in October. We have one more to make and can’t until January 11. Then we are ready to travel northward.

Ron L (@guest_107337)
2 years ago

We’ve tried, but the first stop on our planned trip isn’t taking reservations until Jan 2nd. Will try again at that time.

Jim Lakatos (@guest_107335)
2 years ago

We will be workamping in New Hampshire starting May 1st. We are currently at the Xscapers Winter Home Base in California. We have already planned our trip across the U.S from CA to NH between March 1 – May 1 and have made all the necessary reservations needed along the way staying in private campgrounds, state parks, boondocking, Harvest Hosts, and National Parks.

Deborah Mason (@guest_107332)
2 years ago

Trying to get my sister in law to the Grange Canyon. It’s her Bucket List. Cancelled the trip last fall. Hoping we can keep our reservations this time.

Kaeleen Buckingham (@guest_107329)
2 years ago

If you want to camp in public campgrounds and need electricity in Colorado, you better be on the website exactly 6 months out or you risk not getting in.

Neal Davis (@guest_107328)
2 years ago

Have made reservations for a trip in late-March. Also have signed up for the Ramblin’ Pushers’ Maintenance Session in late-April/early-May. Following that we have scheduled work in Decatur at REV, also early-May. We probably will begin working on our travel schedule for June and beyond in January.

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