2019 National Park Campsite Booking Dates

Updated: Jan 7, 2019



If you've spent anytime trying to book a last-minute campsite on Recreation.gov, you've had that moment where it feels like the website is mocking you: “Campsite books up to six months in advance.”


Thanks. Sure wish I could've been spontaneous five months and two weeks ago...


Even if camping is something you love, thinking six months in advance can be hard for anything. Honestly, is anyone thinking about Summer Break two weeks before Christmas? So we decided to make a list of major holidays and their half-birthdays to help you get ahead of the game. As a bonus, usually you can book dates more than six months ahead if they’re consecutive with six months out.


2019 Holidays & Their Six-Month Booking Dates


New Years Eve/Day (2019)

July 1, 2018


Martin Luther King Day Weekend

July 16, 2018


Presidents Day Weekend

August 16, 2018


Spring Break-ish

October 13, 2018


Easter Weekend

October 19, 2018


Memorial Day Weekend

November 25, 2018


Last Day of School-ish

December 16, 2018


Independence Day (on a Thursday)

January 4, 2019


Labor Day Weekend

March 1, 2019


Columbus (Indigenous Peoples) Day Weekend

April 12, 2019


Veterans Day (on a Monday)

May 8, 2019 (the Friday before)


Thanksgiving

May 28, 2019


Christmas Eve/Day

June 24, 2019


New Years Eve/Day (2020)

July 1, 2019

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Yosemite 2019 Holidays


Yosemite is its own beast. Instead of the six-month reservation period, Yosemite has a four-month schedule that releases one month at a time on the 15th.


For example, on January 15, you can reserve May 15-June 14. On February 15, June 15-July 14. At precisely 10am eastern time, you can login to reserve a spot.


And we mean precisely.


More than once we’ve tried to book a site during peak season in Yosemite Valley and been shut out. We usually use two computers and have a third one ready to book at a site outside the Valley.


2019 Holidays & Their Yosemite Booking Dates


New Years Eve/Day (2019)

August 15, 2018


Martin Luther King Day Weekend

September 15, 2018


Presidents Day Weekend

October 15, 2018


Spring Break-ish

November 15, 2018


Easter Weekend

December 15, 2018


Memorial Day Weekend

January 15, 2018


Last Day of School-ish

February 15, 2018


Independence Day (on a Thursday)

February 15, 2019


Labor Day Weekend

April 15, 2019


Columbus (Indigenous Peoples) Day Weekend

May 15, 2019


Veterans Day (on a Monday)

June 15, 2019 (the Friday before)


Thanksgiving

July 15, 2019


Christmas Eve/Day

August 15, 2019


New Years Eve/Day (2020)

August 15, 2019



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