Ahh, the Internet age. Thanks to its existence, you can now apply for a spot in one of the High Sierra backcountry camps in Yosemite National Park via the Internet
Online applications for next summer are now being taken through November 1, 2009.
"We're pleased to make this announcement, primarily because it will make the application process easier and more expedient for our guests," said Dan Jensen, chief operating officer for concessioner DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc. "For decades, the only way to enter the High Sierra Camp lottery was to submit a hard-copy application to our Fresno reservations office and wait for three months. Those days are over."
Applicants submitting by the November 1 deadline will receive notification 30 to 60 days faster than in previous years. The simplified electronic medium allows DNC's central reservation office to process applications quicker, and return confirmations more rapidly than before.
Any canceled space will be filled by a second-round lottery using applications that were not awarded during the first round. Any available space not awarded during those first two rounds will be filled by phone inquiries on a first come, first served basis beginning February 9, 2010, nearly two full months earlier than this year's April 1 date.
For further information regarding how to apply online for the upcoming 2010 High Sierra Camp Lottery, visit www.yosemitepark.com/Accomodations_HighSierraCamps.aspx. You may also email FresnoHighSierra@dncinc.com, or call 801.559.4909.