Campsites in many national parks are becoming harder and harder to snag as visitation to the parks increases, and some of the hardest sites to land have been in the Squaw Flat Campground of Canyonlands National Park due to its remote location and first-come, first-served policy. That is changing.
Beginning Wednesday you'll be able to reserve a campsite in Loop A of the 26-site campground via recreation.gov. According to park officials, you'll be able to reserve a campsite for dates from March 15 through June 30 and again from September 1 through October 31. Sites in Loop A will be available first-come, first-served all other times of the year.
Loop B of the campground is open spring through fall; all sites are first-come, first-served.
Due to increased visitation over the last few years, demand for campsites at The Needles District during the spring and autumn months has grown significantly. Visitors often drive the 45 minutes from U.S. Highway 191 to the campground only to find all sites already occupied. Offering reservations for Loop A will allow visitors to plan ahead and ensure that they have a campsite upon arrival, park officials said in a release Friday.
Visitors can make reservations on recreation.gov beginning January 11. Campsites are $20 per night, $10 per night for Interagency Senior, Access, Golden Age, and Golden Access pass holders. In addition, a $10 non-refundable reservation fee will be charged when booking a campsite through recreation.gov.