As you know I am a big fan of public lands. Not only do they contain some of the most scenic sights to behold while traveling in a RV, their boundaries are typically vast allowing freedom to roam (The song “Don’t Fence Me In” comes to mind) on foot from your campsite.
In addition, county, state and federal lands typically provide opportunities to camp for little or no cost. However, getting into a popular public campground without reservations or on a first come, first serve basis can be an iffy proposition with national park campgrounds being the worst. I mean who wants to spend time and fuel traveling miles into a national park driving a 40ft long RV with the HOPE of finding an open camping space? Well, at least two national parks are doing something about it by providing real time status of the campgrounds within the park. Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park have both established a new campground page on their websites to take some of the stress out of finding a campsite.
By logging onto their sites, you will be provided a map and listing of the campgrounds detailing if they are open, closed or full. It will also detail the time the campground filled on the previous day. By watching the campground page for several days before your planned arrival at the park, you will have a pretty good idea on when the campground fills each day along with the knowledge where there are available campsites upon your arrival.
You will find the page for Yellowstone here.
You will find the page for Glacier here.
Taking the Russian Roulette factor out of finding a place to camp in national parks, just one less stressful adventure in RVing!
Dave Helgeson’s many roles in the RV industry started before he even had a driver’s license. His grandparents and father owned an RV dealership before the term “RV” had been coined, and Dave played a pivotal role in nearly every position of an RV dealership. He and his wife Cheri launched their own RV dealership in the Pacific Northwest. The duo also spent 29 years overseeing regional RV shows. Dave has also served as President of a local chapter of the Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA), worked on the board of advisors for the RV Technician Program of a local technical college, and served as a board member of the Manufactured Home and RV Association. Dave’s reputation earned him the title of “The foremost expert on boondocking,” bestowed by RV industry icon, the late Gary Bunzer (The RV Doctor). When he’s not out boondocking, you’ll find Dave in the spotlight at RV shows across the country, giving seminars about all things RVing. He and Cheri currently roam in their fifth travel trailer, with Dave doing all the service, repair and modifications to his own unit.
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