Labor day Weekend is historically one of the most popular times of year to camp. Whether you’re a car camper, a backpacker, or even backcountry type, outdoor enthusiasts are heading out to the trail for this holiday! So, what if you didn’t quite get your reservation made in time? No worries here are some tips on how you can still enjoy your last chance to relish in the summer camping experience for Labor Day Weekend!
Note: Most backcountry trips don’t require a reservation but may require a permit so call your park rangers before you head off!
Labor Day Camping Info and Reservation Tips
Reservtaion.gov is the official site for reserving your camp spot within National Parks and Reserves. While most reservable sites are already booked you will find a few vacancies and if you’re willing to do the leg work your Labor Day Camping Trip can still be an awesome last Hoorah to Summer’s end! This site also lists campgrounds that work on a first come first served basis, so if you can’t wrangle a reservation, plan to get there early Thursday or at the latest Friday morning.
The Outdoor Recreation Information Center is another tool to assist your Labor Day Weekend Planning. Their information line, (206) 470-4060, can give you up to date info on State Parks, National Parks and National Forests. The U.S. Forest Service Web site is another great place to find little known spots that may still be available. The National Forest service only reserves about 60% of their sites, the rest are first come first served basis, so you’re chances of finding a great spot is higher with them.
If you’re up for the effort you may get lucky with a hike-in spot to camp. You don’t need a reservation for a hike-in spot. The trail is generally beginner level and easy enough for families with children, taking you abut a mile or so from where you parked your car. However you may need to be prepared to arrive at the camp site with plenty of time before daylight to claim your spot – keeping in mind this too will be first come first served basis.
How about you? What are your favorite places to camp over Labor Day and your tips for making each trip unforgettable? Email us, we’ll help you tell your story!
If you’re concerned you may have missed your window to camp this Labor Day, don’t stress! Call Outdoors Geek and let us provide everything you need. You don’t have time to run around town picking up last minute items, so trust us to provide your tents, packs, and accessories. With our rent it, try it, buy it policy you have no reason to worry. You can try our gear and if you like it ,buy it! This Labor Day Weekend hit the trail with no stress! Trust Outdoors geek for crazy clean gear and dependable service!