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Old 05-01-2011, 12:05 AM   #1
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Best way to make camp reservations

Hi all,

We're new to this forum, and new to Airstreaming... We were so excited to buy our Safari, but now we're dismayed at the process of making reservations at campsites!! Is it me, or is everything booked out for the next 6 months?

What is the best way to make reservations for campsites?
How do you find out about cancellations?

Can anyone recommend a good way of 'organizing' making reservations 6 months out?

Any help is great. Thanks so much!
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Old 05-01-2011, 12:09 AM   #2
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What sites are you using?
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Different sites have different policies and popularity.

For example, Yosemite opens reservations one month at a time on the 15th of each month. Their server crashes all morning and many, if not most, spaces are filled by the end of that day. Reservations open up 4 months in advance, so you would call on May 15 for dates from September 15 to October 15.

Other places have different policies. If you can plan that far ahead, map out your summer travel plans, at least to the hot spots, in the dark, dreary days of winter. You can then research how to get the spaces you want.
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Depends on where you want to go. There are lots of great places to camp within an hour of you there in SLO.
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Old 05-01-2011, 12:20 AM   #5
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Mostly, we have been using Reserve America.
Is that the best one, or is there a better one?
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@ ASWifey~
I know. We just did a 'practice' trip, very close by. (Lake Lopez)
However, we're interested in camping at Refugio or El Capitain this summer or fall. I'm flexible with our dates, but it still seems that everything is taken.
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Here are some links.
Federal recreation, camping and tour reservation information - Recreation.gov


Campgrounds and Camping Reservations - ReserveAmerica

California Campgrounds and Camping - ReserveAmerica

Also many states have good reservation sites but some others are just plain bad.


good luck and post some pictures when you can,
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Hi, we don't usually make solid plans, except for Rallies. Most always, we drive to where we are going and they always seem to have room for us. Some state parks we have gone to, we make reservations on the internet and choose the actual space that we want from their site map. So basically, we don't make reservations.
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Thanks for your advice. But how do you find out what the policies are of each campground? How would I learn if the reservations are 1 month out, 4 months out, or 6+ months out?

Is the 15th of each month pretty 'standard' for opening up blocks of reservations?
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Thanks so much! I will bookmark those sites.
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Most are open now and will take reservations for the season. It really depends where you want to go. On rec.gov they will have the policies on each campground page. Maybe try reserveamerica for California.
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Huh. So basically, you just go and hope for the best?

Did I mention that I'm kind Type A?? ha ha (but seriously. I am.)
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It's hard to get reservations in a state campground unless you book 6 months in advance. But there are lots of privately owned campground to book in the meantime. You might think about purchasing a great campground book like the Moon guide for California, Washington, and Oregon. We camp alot in Pismo Coast Village. Or you can just do an internet search for campgrounds in the area that you interested in. There are lots of great options in the SLO area.

Like I said it depends on where you want to go. Reserve America is for governemnt
campgrounds, alot of these are first come first serve.
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Huh. So basically, you just go and hope for the best?

Did I mention that I'm kind Type A?? ha ha (but seriously. I am.)
Hi, yes we do. My brother told us about a full hook up campground at the North Rim of Grand Canyon, but when we got there it was closed for the season. Right up the street we found a boon docking site and stayed there. We went to South Dakota in October and most camp grounds were closed for the season, but we found a nice place that had 120 spaces. We were the only ones there. We have never been without a place to stay.
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