Colorado Park Online Reservations Will Save Us From Camping Roulette Next Year
Are you a gifted person who likes to plan your camping trips well in advance? Good news! The reservation system allows you to book a campsite up to six months in advance.
The pilot version of this program was rolled out in 2017 to five parks. Duncan said there were very few issues and complaints, so they added 17 more parks in 2019 before deciding to expand the program statewide.
There is one potential problem, however: spotty cell service in the great outdoors.
To combat this, CPW has started putting up signage at certain park entrances that require campers to make reservations before they go too deep into the woods.
“Otherwise, especially if you arrive after hours and there is no one at the [ranger] office to help you, you may need to reserve your site by leaving the park and finding good cell coverage, ”he said.
In addition to places like Eleven Mile State Park, Duncan added that Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area, Golden Gate Canyon and Highline State Park are other dead zones that might require more advance notice to book online.
Don’t be a mocker. If campers are picked up without a reservation, a ranger will likely issue them a citation or kick them out.
The hope is that the new system will mean fewer empty sites and more happy campers.
“I think we’re getting more people to fill those last second places that might otherwise have been empty because people didn’t want to take that bet,” he said. “And so, overall, it’s really increased the number of people camping in our state parks.”