Reserve Your National Park Stay

Author: Family Travel Forum Staff

Tags : Camping, Eco-Tourism, Hiking, Kids, National Parks, North America, USA

Reserve your campsite in a favorite American national park or explore other protected government lands with easy online advance reservations.

As one of Americans' favorite resources, the national parks are so popular for vacations that room at the official campgrounds is often hard to come by. Sending a certified letter with a money order representing a few nights' deposit to reserve a Yellowstone RV site -- two years ahead of arrival -- is not unheard of! Fortunately, the Internet has made reserving ahead easier than ever for families.

To make online reservations through the official National Park Service website, click on this link and read more about campsites in many of the major US national parks.

Even better, reservations at 22 parks and three national sites can now be made up to five months in advance by phone. To ease phone congestion, however, each park can be booked only certain days of the month.

For many of the top family parks, including Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon; Acadia in Maine; Cape Hatteras, NC; the Everglades, FL; Katmai in Alaska and 15 other family-favorites, call 800/365-2267 after the 5th day of the month.

For reservations at Yosemite, California only, call 800/436-7275 after the 15th of the month.

For tour reservations at Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico; Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, Washington, DC and Mammoth Cave, Kentucky; call 800/967-2283 after the 25th of the month.

Alternatives Off the Beaten Path

If the National Park Service sounds like too much to cope with, and you have camping on the brain, check out the resources of the National Recreation Reservation Service ( run by the US Dept. of Agriculture Forest Service and the US Army Corps of Engineers.

You'll find 1700 Federal campgrounds in 43 states, with 49,500 campsites, cabins and other facilities fully described.

Note! This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question, and stay up to date with current events to ensure a safe and successful trip.