Memorial Day - July 4th - Labor Day
I recommend holiday camping to no one.
If you are still determined to camp you will find some tips to holiday camping here.
A friend of mine who worked for The Department of Parks and Recreation has told me how he saw many unhappy campers on these holidays. Many families would travel for six or seven hours in a small car full of screaming children and barking dogs only to find that the park was full. The park was actually booked for six months in advance so these people had no hope at all of getting a camp site.
called all of the parks in the surrounding areas searching for camp
sites for these unfortunate people. By 5:00p.m. there would be no
sites available within 200 miles of our park. All motels were booked
camp grounds are actually sold out for holiday weekends before you
can reserve a site.
Most reservation systems have a specific sale date. That is; camp sites can not be sold too far in advance. Many parks sell camp sites up to six months in advance. If you wanted camp sites for July 3rd and 4th you would not be able to reserve the sites until January 3rd.
is the trick. If I decide to start camping from July 1st to July 4th
I can make my reservations on January 1st, two days ahead of people
who just want to camp on the holiday weekend. At the really popular
parks, this is the only way to get a site on a holiday weekend.
few naughty people make extra reservations and try to 'scalp' their
sites. This is frowned upon by the park staff and you may well find
yourself without a spot to camp in if you try this! There isn't much
the parks can do if you purchase a scalped camp site and lie and say
that you are with the family who made the reservations -
can also do this to get a really great site: Each day there will be
people leaving their camp sites and going home. You can simply search
for a better site each day until you get a really awesome one. This
may sound like too much work for you -
Get a Site Early
because you have a reservation doesn't mean you'll get a site
you will like.
Many people send one person ahead of the rest of the party to insure a good site for the weekend.
you are planning on camping in an area that doesn't accept reservations,
local people will come to the park and take as many sites as they
can. We caught a family holding a site 'auction' for six camp sites
for July 4th. People were bidding as much as three times the price of
a normal camp site. The family caught perpetrating this scam lost all
of the money they had paid for six camp sites for four nights plus
got a $150 fine.
need to be aware
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