Hikers hoping to snag a coveted backcountry wilderness camping permit at Rocky Mountain National Park this summer will have to navigate a new online reservation system that will launch March 2, the park said in a press release today. This year, no permits will be issued by phone, fax, or old-school in-person raffles.
The park is trying for a second time to introduce a new digital permitting system after demand crashed the reservations website multiple times over the past year. (RMNP eventually switched to a randomized, digital drawing similar to the hand-drawn out-of-the-hat system used in the past.) According to spokesman Kyle Patterson, the park is hoping to use a new system at recreation.gov. to avoid snuff.
If all goes according to plan, here’s what backpackers can expect: Permit reservations will open at 8:00 am on March 2nd at recovery.gov/permits/4675320 and are available May 1st through October 31st. Look for “Check Availability” – This feature will not be available until March 2 to book small groups (up to seven people) and large groups (eight to 12 people).
In a statement, park officials suggested familiarizing yourself with camping areas in advance so you know where to reserve a spot. For reservations between May 1st and October 31st, a non-refundable fee of USD 36 and between November 1st and April 30th, a non-refundable fee of USD 10 applies to each permit.
Campers are not permitted to appear in person to reserve a permit, and reservations made by phone, email, mail and fax will not be accepted, as announced. Once reserved, backpackers must collect their permits from the Rocky Mountain National Park Wilderness Offices to activate their reservation.
Want to visit Rocky Mountain National Park in 2022 but not for backcountry camping? You also need a reservation for this from May 27th to October 10th.
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