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Old 09-30-2014, 04:17 PM   #15
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Thanks all and Rob, we are definitely hitting Big Bend first on our travels...it looks like it's pretty easy to get a place there. We don't need hook ups as we do solar and are not fussy. And from what I glean, we will not bother with a travel agenda....but will maybe get those apps and make reservations as soon as we know where we are heading next. Going by the seat of your pants has advantages and we will have to deal with disappointments at times, but since we like the national forest parks best, seems like we will be Ok. Love the responses and feel more confident. Happy trails.


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Reservations make money for reservation companies. So suckers make your reservations and before long you'll be prices out of camping.
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I agree that reservation fees have gotten really high. Another reason not to use them.
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We are on the road at the moment, seeing most of the Nat'l. Parks in Utah. Places have been busier than we anticipated. At both Capitol Reef and Bryce Canyon if you didn't get to the campground by about 11:00 AM in the morning you were out of luck. We would stay at a private enterprise RV park or USFS campground nearby the night before and then make a bee-line for the Nat'l. Park in the morning. It was sad to see people coming in later in the day only to find no room at the inn. We too like to stay as flexible as possible in our traveling and usually only make reservations for the super popular spots. Oh, we've also been surprised to find even the State Parks full at times even when it's not a weekend. My advice is that if there is someplace that you really really want to stay at go ahead and make reservations and then keep the rest of your journey more open to serendipity.
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We have made reservations in many different states for both state and federal parks and not paid a dime in reservation fees . I don't consider myself a "SUCKER" for using a free service that benefits me
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Virtuaally all the state parks use pay reservation systems.
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Virtuaally all the state parks use pay reservation systems.
Norm " I recently made reservations for 3 different state / federal parks for next March and paid NO reservation fees. I guess it depends on where you are going and if they want tourism
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Steve, Do not come West!!

Here in BC Provincial Parks they charge $6 per night for reservations up to a max of $18 for 3 or more days.

Canadian National Parks charge a $11 per site reservation fee on line and if you call them it jumps to $13.50
Oregon State parks charge $8 per site reservation fee.
Washington State Parks charge $6.50 per site reservation fee
California State Parks $8 per site reservation fee
Arizona State Parks $5 per site reservation fee

Note above I have taken from Reservation confirmation emails from the past couple of years so some of those prices could have gone up...
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What are the 'good' states that still have free reservations, I'll change my route....
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You'll be OK without reservations at Big Bend UNLESS your visit there corresponds with Spring Break for the college kids (Usually the second week in March but check site availability on recreation.gov to confirm). Its my favorite NP now but wouldn't have been my first choice back in the sixties when I was i an undergrad - "the times they are a'changin".

If you're planning on a visit to Carlsbad Caverns, consider the Dog Canyon campground in Guadalupe Mountain NP or boondocking in neighboring Lincoln NF.

Sounds like a great trip - keep us posted with here with your adventures.
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We went to Capital Reef NP in Utah in spring of last year and were turned away from their full campground and were directed to BLM land just outside the park. We had the best campsite, ever, for free! Of course, we were ready to boondock by being totally self-sufficient.
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What are the 'good' states that still have free reservations, I'll change my route....
For Example ;I recently made a reservation for a six night stay at Florala SP in southern Alabama No reservation fee , No up front camping fee. Just the cost of one long distance phone call. I don't want to belabor the point but we have driven all day and then been turned away at several campgrounds due to not having reservations . Trying to find another campgrounds late in the evening ,when tired and in a strange place is a PITA . We use the Reserve America website to check on availability of SP sites , if lots of sites are available we do not make reservations , if the park is almost full we do . I understand not wanting to pay an $8 or $10 reservation fee but in some cases the reservation fee is less than the cost of driving 20 or 30 miles out of my way to find a camp site . IMHO
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What are the 'good' states that still have free reservations, I'll change my route....
Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife has installed their own online reservation system. I'm pretty sure there's no "additional reservation charge" for making a camping reservation at one of the Texas State Parks. You do have to pay for the first night when you book it, and there's a charge if you cancel, but it's a reasonable amount.

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"There is no administrative charge when a reservation is changed or cancelled before Midnight the same day the reservation is made. Campsites, Cabins, and Facilities Less than $100 per night: If more than 3 days from day of arrival - refund will be given minus a $5 administrative charge per site plus any additional reservation charges. If less than 3 days from day of arrival - customer will lose the first day's payment on each site, plus any additional reservation charges. No refund is given, if no advance notification is received. Group Facilities of $100 or more per day - If more than 60 days from day of arrival - Refund will be given minus a $25 administrative charge per site plus any reservation charges. If less than 60 days from day of arrival - customer will lose the first day's payment on each site, plus any additional reservation charges. No refund is given, if no advance notification is received. There is no administrative charge when a confirmed reservation is extended by calling the Reservation Center. If any dates are dropped while extending a reservation, the customer will be charged the applicable administrative charge. Rates and charges are subject to change at any time. Rates & charges in effect at the time a reservation is made will be honored as long as no changes are made to the reservation. Any changes to the original reservation will result in the recalculating rates and/or charges at the new rate."
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I'm pretty sure there's no "additional reservation charge" for making a camping reservation at one of the Texas State Parks. You do have to pay for the first night when you book it, and there's a charge if you cancel, but it's a reasonable amount.
There isn't. If you cancel more than 3 days before your reservation you are only charged a $5 fee, which is reasonable. Less than 3 days you lose your "deposit" which is typically one night's fee for the site.

That said, my biggest frustration with texas state parks is that your day use fee is NOT part of your site reservation. At some parks the daily use fees for our family are nearly double the campsite fee... it's getting unreasonable to camp in some places as a result because it can easily approach $35-40 a day for a non-electric tent site, when the site fee is only $15. IMO that is too much.
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