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How to Book a Campsite at Yosemite National Park

Of all the parks we monitor at Campnab, Yosemite is the most competitive to get into, bar none. Let me put it to you this way: If you want to get i...

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The Story of Campy the Typeface

This post isn’t about camping. For most Campnab members, this article will be pretty dull. So, unless you want to read 3,306 words about the time I...

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We Can Scan Provincial Parks in BC for Campsites Set to Unlock

A while back, BC Parks started holding some (not all) of their newly canceled campsite reservations for release the next day. As a result, many cam...

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How to Get Campsite Availability Notifications on Recreation.gov

When someone cancels their campsite reservation on Recreation.gov, do you want to be alerted? I’ll tell you how to do that, but first I’d like to p...

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What Are the Advantages of Using Campnab for Campsite Alerts?

Last night someone asked me why they should use Campnab to scan parks for canceled reservations. For most folks, the benefits of using a campsite a...

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Get Notified About Campsites Set to Unlock in Florida and California

Last year, Reserve California and Florida State Parks started holding some canceled campsite reservations for rebooking. These newly canceled camps...

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You Can Now Receive Campsite Availability Alerts by Email

We built Campnab around text messages—mostly because they’re fast. However, some members made a good case for offering alerts by email. Some wanted...

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How to Scan for Canceled Backcountry Permits

More folks are loading their packs and heading into the backcountry than ever before. This demand is evidenced by how much harder it is to secure a...

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Are Your Parks Listed on Campnab?

This post isn’t for you unless you work within a state, provincial, or county park. However, if you do work in that capacity, this post is TOTALLY ...

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You Can Now Scan More Grand Teton National Park Campgrounds for Availabilities

Of all the parks we receive requests about, Grand Teton is high on the list. Unfortunately, we could only scan some of their campgrounds for new av...

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Pulling the Plug on Doomed Adventures (And Some Post-Trip Tips)

If you enjoy the outdoors, you know that some trips just aren’t meant to be. The weather turns to crap. Your gear fails spectacularly, and you wake...

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Ways to Keep Your Family Safe When Camping Off-Season

I’ve written at length about staying warm and protecting yourself from the elements in the past ten articles. If you haven’t read those posts, you ...

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How to Sleep Like a Baby, When Camping in the Cold

Have you noticed the theme running through our Fall Camping Guide? You got it: managing variable (typically brisk) weather. Pretty much every post ...

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A Bundle of Tips for Staying Warm at Camp

Cold therapy is a burgeoning topic. People like Wim Hoff preach the virtues of bone-chilling ice baths and running up mountains in one’s skivvies. ...

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Fun Activities for Fall Camping Trips

For some, camping is the end goal. Fair enough. For me, camping is mainly about establishing a kind of base camp. That’s right. I see camping as an...

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Adapt Your Cooking Setup for Off-Season Camping

Outdoor meals can be magical. Dining at camp offers a time to break bread, free of the distractions of televisions and phones. The food affords the...

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Pitch Camp Like a Pro in the Fall Season

When my wife, kids, and I drove across the country, I got obsessed with how quickly we could set up camp. Part of this is because we drove waaaaay ...

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Pack This Essential Gear for Your Fall Camping Adventures

Some folks like to pack everything they can and just wing it. I’m not like that. Whether I’m traveling overseas or going camping, I obsess over pac...

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What to Wear When Camping in the Cold and Wet

You probably already know this, but it bears repeating: Clothing makes all the difference in the outdoors. Wet, cold gloves can leave your fingers ...

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Get Your Shit Together for Fall Camping, SO YOU DON’T DIE!

Any bozo can toss some gear in the trunk and go camping when it’s warm outside. Doing that in the fall is dumb. Going unprepared could be life-thre...

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This Is What Sucks About Camping in the Fall

Spoiler alert: The part that’s likely to mess up fall camping for you is the weather. Sure, you can do some fine camping in autumn. On the right da...

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Adventure Begins When the Crowds Go Home

This post is the first installment in our series on fall camping. Check the complete list of topics covered in our table of contents. Let’s get to ...

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Campnab’s (It Ain’t Over) Fall Camping Guide

Summer’s gone. So is any hint of your tan. As it fades, the melancholy of the season sinks in. Mundane tasks make one day unrecognizable from the n...

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This is why the campsite you want is already reserved

Many wonder why campsites are sold-out by 7:00:01 AM. Multi-day bookings into “unbookable” dates mean that days are pre-booked before that date bec...

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How to Make a Last-Minute Campsite Reservation

Looking to make a last-minute reservation for camping? You are not in luck. (Sorry.) Sleeping on the ground is surprisingly appealing to a lot of p...

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Can You Transfer a Campsite Reservation?

Everyone’s visited a campground that claims to be sold-out but has unused sites. One might ask: Why isn’t there a secondary market for the sale of ...

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Want to Book a Summer Campsite? Do This!

You probably won’t get the campsite you’re after. I say this because most don’t. There’s a good reason for this. Many think they can just “wing it”...

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How to Receive Availability Notifications for a Sold-Out Campground

Setting up campsite availability notifications for sold out campgrounds is easy. In this article, we’ll assist you in creating your first campsite ...

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Benefits of a Campnab membership

Looking to use Campnab to track campsite availabilities? You can do so by running individual scans or by becoming a member. I’d like you to conside...

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Which Campnab plan is right for you?

We offer some different ways to use Campnab’s services to get notified of new openings at sold-out parks and campgrounds. There are a lot of option...

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A Portable Sauna Makes Camping Sublime

Firing up my portable sauna for the first trip of 2020. — My dad built a homemade sauna-trailer and brought it on family camping trips. Now I have...

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Are Bots Ruining Camping at Popular Parks?

Frustrated by bots scooping up all the campsites and selling them at a profit? You aren’t alone. That said, the situation isn’t quite that simple—a...

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How to Get a Campsite When All the Parks Are Booked

Camping is gaining in popularity, which means even more people are enjoying the great outdoors. If you’re having a hard time booking a campsite, th...

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10 Tips for Setting up a Camp Alert that Gets You a Campsite Reservation

Ever tried to reserve a campsite at 7:00 AM, only to find the park fully booked by 7:01? Savvy campers are learning that they can monitor sold-out ...

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Tips for Camping at Yosemite Without a Reservation

Yes! You can find a first-come, first-served spot at Yosemite National Park. Don’t expect it to be easy, though. (And… umm… don’t get too choosey.)...

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UNABLE TO RESERVE A CAMPSITE?

Get notified when a sold-out campground has availability

Tell us when, where, and how long you want to camp for. We’ll notify you (via SMS) when a suitable spot opens up at that campground—so you can nab that sold-out campsite reservation!

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