According to Reserve America, a New York-based company that handles online and telephone reservations for 15 states (including California) and the federal park system, the opening day for reservations in California marked the largest single-day volume since the company began taking reservations in 1997.
On Feb. 1, the first day reservations were accepted, 1,447 camping reservations were recorded in seven minutes. By the end of the day, 17,600 campsites had been booked -- an 18-percent increase from the opening day in 2006. In all, 17 million campers use the Reserve America reservation service nationwide.
Elsewhere, bookings at KOA camps were up 7 percent and the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds reports bookings are up 3 percent. For a bit of camping perspective, consider that in 2004, 67.5 million folks set up tents or rolled up in RVs at 18 million campsites in U.S. state parks, according to the National Association of State Park Directors.