Making camping reservations is a whole lot different than getting a reservation at a hotel.  First you have to determine if the place is a state park, a federal park or a private park.  All make reservations differently.

A state park is six months starting on the 1st of the month.  For example, you can make a reservation for June 20th on December 1st.  If it is a federal park you have to make that June 20th reservation on December 20th.

Private parks can vary.  Some are a year… some are six months, and in the case of the reservations I just made in the Eastern Sierra, they were closed for the winter so I had to wait until April 20th when they reopened.

No big deal, right?  Ha!  On reservation day you have to wait until 8:00 a.m.  Dave and I are on both our computers AND smart phones just to, hopefully, secure one reservation!  They go really fast, especially the premium spots.

As in the case of our Eastern Sierra reservation in August I was on the phone for TWO hours when they opened on April 20th.  It is a private RV park so reservations are by phone, not computer.  The line was busy so I had to keep hitting redial until someone finally picked up.  We were able to get a reservation but on different dates than we originally wanted.  (It’s nice that we can be flexible.)

So with May 1st right around the corner we have to decide where and when we want to go in November and be ready to hit the “book this site” button at 8:00 a.m.  It is nerve wracking!


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Hiking in the Eastern Sierra.  It’s been a long time since we’ve been there so we are looking forward to going back in August.

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