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Old 08-08-2018, 06:58 PM   #1
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Trip planning for summer of 2020

Hi fellow members. We plan on doing a trip to Yosemite, Grand Tetons, Banff, Jasper, and Glacier, and Calgary during peak season the summer of 2020. I know reservations are hard to come by. How early do I need to start making reservations??

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You'll need to look at the official reservation web site for the time period.
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Old 08-09-2018, 07:02 AM   #3
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Old 08-09-2018, 07:19 AM   #4
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Now is the time to make reservations. Each place you want to stay may have their own rules and system for reservations. KOA has one reservation system for all its' CGs.
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Can't answer your question, but it sounds like a great trip.
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As others have mentioned, it's best to check with the individual sites to see what their policy is. Some will take reservations now, others are a year or less out. I would find out the maximum time window, then come up with some ball park dates and call them on the first available day. That should give you the best availability. If one day is already filled up at least you'll have a backup date and by calling you should get someone who has access to more rooms than what would be potentially shown online.
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Each place you want to go may have different time periods for making reservations. For instance, here is Yosemite's official park web site so you would go to the camping section to get your information. Many parks don't do their own reservations so you will be referred to their outside source.

The national park's websites have awesome information for each park such as things to do, camping, road information, maps, special alerts such as road closings/construction, etc. Study them thoroughly before your trip and you'll be better informed as to what to expect. Just Google the national park name and select the nps.gov site. State parks also have very nice websites.

Have fun planning!

https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/camping.htm
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I was hoping there was an easier way but you all are right. Pretty much going to have to plan out the campgrounds and dates then research the reservation window and set some reminders. Ugh I wish there was an easier way. I mean I am planning 2 years before the trip!
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My suggestion: Plan it out now, even make a spreadsheet with dates, travel distances, sites to see, etc. Then set calendar reminders on your phone for the opening of each reservation window and make those calls ASAP once each window opens.

That way you have the fun of planning and the associated increased probability of getting what you want in terms of location/dates. But, you don't have to be constantly thinking about it for the next 12-18 months as reservation windows open up for your trip dates.

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My suggestion: Plan it out now, even make a spreadsheet with dates, travel distances, sites to see, etc. Then set calendar reminders on your phone for the opening of each reservation window and make those calls ASAP once each window opens.

That way you have the fun of planning and the associated increased probability of getting what you want in terms of location/dates. But, you don't have to be constantly thinking about it for the next 12-18 months as reservation windows open up for your trip dates.

Best of luck!

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Thank you Pete. That’s exactly what I have done. The nightmare starts if I don’t get the dates that I want. And then it is either reschedule or go outside the park system. Cortisone levels start spiking a days before hand.

These “reservation” windows make me feel like we are all going to rush a concert ticket window once the gates are opened. Seems barbaric in today’s computer age. The Parks Canada site crashed last May on when the reservation window opened. Took me 3.5 hours to get our 2 campground sites in Nova Scotia. Told my wife when we got there to congratulate the other campers because they were just as lucky as us to win the virtual campsite lottery.

I guess that is the nature of the game though.

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Hi fellow members. We plan on doing a trip to Yosemite, Grand Tetons, Banff, Jasper, and Glacier, and Calgary during peak season the summer of 2020. I know reservations are hard to come by. How early do I need to start making reservations??

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… amazingly that we traveled full-time, moving constantly and didn't make reservations - even for the popular national parks. If we had to make reservations all the time we would have never traveled the way we did.
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We went on a big national park trip a couple of years ago. Lassen, Bryce, Zion, North Rim, Great Basin...

Reserve America was the site we used and were only allowed to make reservations a maximum of six months before arrival. Not one day before. My bride did a great job on handling all that...all I did was steer and set up. We stayed in all the parks, Except for Bryce.

another avenue is to look in to joining the B.P.O.E (Elks). most lodges don't take reservations but some do. There is always room for at least one more rig. I normally call from two hours out to see if the have any spaces available. As a matter of fact, i will be pulling in to a lodge on Thursday.

Not really amping, but cheaper than a hotel.
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Hi Unstrug. - Elks care Elks share! B.P.O.E. Lodge 2383 member here. That’s a good thought. The few lodges we have stayed at where dry camping so we typically look for them when just passing through and need a place overnight. Feel safer sleeping with the herd than worrying about the “wildlife” at camp Walmart. Nice to have them as a resource.

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