Campsite Assist is the best way to get a campsite availability notification for campgrounds throughout the country. Campsite Assist is a user-friendly app that will continuously scan for available campsites at the campground and for dates you want to camp. You’ll then be notified via text & email once a campsite becomes available. The notification will also include a direct link to the reservation agency so you can try and reserve the campsite.
Initially campers can keep an eye out for campsite availability at Recreation.gov and ReserveCalifornia.com campgrounds. Other reservation agency sites will be added in the near future with a goal to scan most of the campground/campsite reservations throughout the country.
Campsite Assist is easy to use and will send you a campsite availability notification as soon as a campsite becomes available. All you have to do is fill out the online form and indicate the campground, arrival date, and number of nights you want to camp. Then choose the scanning frequency (every 3 minutes, 13 minutes or 33 minutes), and pay for the scan. Your scan will start immediately after payment and run up until your date of arrival.
Scans will include single-family campsites, but you can also search for group, ADA/handicap and equestrian campsites. You’ll also have the ability to change the date of arrival and number of nights you want to stay at any time. Your notification will also include a link to the reservation agency site so you can immediately try and reserve the campsite.
There are a few things you can do to increase your chances of getting campsite availability alert.
1. Choose a quicker scanning frequency (i.e. 3 minutes) – you’ll have a 10 or 30 minute jump on someone that chooses scans of 13 or 33 minutes.
2. Try shortening the length of your stay (i.e. 2 or 3 nights vs. 6 or 7 nights).
3. Enter an arrival date well in advance (4-6 months).
4. Don’t wait! Once you get your alert – click on the link immediately and try to reserve the campsite. Other campers may also be trying for the same campground/dates and beat you to it!
So the next time you get shut-out of getting a campsite reservation be sure to try Campsite Assist. You absolutely will get a campsite availability notification if a campsite becomes available for the campground and dates you want to camp.