Originally Posted by gp2down
Love this Forum!! Great info and sharing...Thanks for that.
Just wondering how many of you make campground reservations. Seems as though many of the popular RV parks get full, but I want to maintain freedom to explore without having to hurry to the next reservation. We are going to Glacier, Yellowstone, and the Utah National parks this June/July from Atlanta and have made some reservations, but want to maintain some flexibility, too. Thoughts from you veteran campers?
Make reservations ahead of time, especially if you have a larger unit, and especially if you hate arriving at a desired location and finding it full. You can call ahead, and if there are 3-5 campgrounds or RV parks in an area maybe you can find another one. But if you are going to a specific park like Yellowstone, get a reservation for sure or you may not be going to Yellowstone this year. (At least during the summer season.)
As far as flexibility, remember that once you make a reservation, you may still be able to make changes. There will be a change fee involved, but it may be worth it. Keep in mind, it's easier to call and cancel the first day when running late than to try to get additional days on the end when someone else may have already booked them. For that reason, if you are not quite sure of your plans, you can book extra days on one end or the other and then when your plans are clearer you can cancel out those days. To be clear and before the roar of the crowd rises, I do NOT suggest being piggish and please, please release the non-needed days ASAP. I'm talking about not being sure if you are arriving on Saturday or Sunday, not reserving 2-3 weeks when you only need one.
We have a 2-1/2 week trip planned to Canada this summer and all dates are reserved except the last few days which are closer to home and we know there will be options available. While we would love to be more foot loose and flexible, we wanted to be darn sure to get into the campgrounds we wanted and even to pick from an ample selection of available camp sites, trying to get nice sites by the water, with more elbow room, and away from the bathroom and shower buildings. We made most of our summer reservations in February and early March.