Yosemite Valley, CA– The way visitors make camping reservations at Yosemite National Park has changed.
Park officials say three changes are being implemented in an effort to discourage misuse of the camping reservation system and to insure fairness to park visitors.
The first change will require all visitors checking into a campsite in the park to show identification upon arrival at the Campground Reservation Office. Currently, campers do not need to present any form of identification to secure their reserved campsite.
This new identification policy is being implemented to make sure that the person who arrives at the campground office is the same person who made the campground reservation. This new procedure will start for all check-ins beginning Wednesday, June 8th.
Also starting Wednesday, campground reservation holders will no longer be able to change the name of the person on the campground reservation. Previously, the original name on the reservation could be changed online on the reservation contractor’s website. This would not change any components of the existing reservation. However, this change precludes the ability to change the name on a reservation once the reservation is made.
The final change to the campground reservation system will be implemented later this summer. This alteration will change the way in which cancelled reservations are released back into the system. Currently, once a reservation is cancelled, the campsite is put back online to be purchased.
However, under the newly implemented system, the campsites that become available can only be reserved by calling the campground reservation phone number. There is no date available for this change.