CPW’s new camping reservation policy, Colorado’s state parks

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COLORADO– Colorado campers, listen up!

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is trying to make reserving state park campsites easier in the new year. Starting January 1st, all of Colorado’s 41 state parks made changes to its camping reservation procedure.

Previously, campers could only reserve sites from six months to three days prior to camping.

If campers did not reserve three days prior to camping, all vacant sites would be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Essentially, campers would have to risk the possibility of not getting a site.

Now, campers can book sites anywhere from six months to the day of camping.

The first-come, first-serve basis has been eliminated.

We get alot of phone calls especially during summer or weekends asking if we have any campsites avaliable when all the other parks are full, and instead of telling someone we have four campsites avalaible, but they have to get here soon, and risk the chance of not having one– they can now call and make the reservation, and they are garunteed a spot.

Kathleen Fisher, Colorado Parks and Wildlife

According to some campers have expressed concerns about the new procedure, preventing them from making last-minute decisions.

Park rangers want to reinforce that last-minute decisions are still valid.

Only now, those decisions will be guaranteed if spots are available.

For more information on this new policy, click here.

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