Planning A Camping Trip To US National Parks

Mickey | Outdoors | Friday, December 3rd, 2010

National Parks are one of the most popular places to go camping in the US.  They are located in some of the most spectacular landscapes in the country and are preserved just so you can enjoy them.  However, if you plan on camping at one of them, you better make sure you have a place to camp because their campsites fill up well in advance.  Some of the sites are first come first serve, but many are available to reserve and these can fill up very quickly after they become available to reserve.

Anyone who plans on camping at one of the first come first serve sites needs to plan on arriving very early since they are so high in demand and many people will show up very early in the morning to make sure they get one of them.  National Parks, like Yosemite, allow you to reserve some of their campgrounds online or over the phone a few months in advance, but unfortunately, these can fill up very shortly after they become available so make sure you do some research about the places you want to go and what you need to make sure you get a spot for your tent.

Another part of preparing early is to make sure that the site will accommodate what ever you plan on camping in.   Obviously if you have a 2 man tent, you will probably be OK as long as you have the spot reserved.  However, things like Coleman trailer tents or campers aren’t always permitted and many will have limits to how big they can be so you need to double check and make sure whether trailers are allowed at the particular campground you want to stay at, because every single one has different rules and regulations regarding what you can camp in.  Also, very few, but some, only allow a certain amount of campers in your party per site, so if you plan on camping with a large group you might need to reserve more than one campsite.

One of the best ways to use the National Parks is to camp in them but just make sure you know you know you have a camping spot reserved before you set out on your big camping trip to one of the National Parks.

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