The public finds the system “very confusing,” said Linda Devlin, executive director of the federal government. Allegheny National Forest and Tourism, one of the co-signatories of the US travel letter. “If they want to rent a cabin in Red Bridge in the Allegheny National Forest, they first have to go through multiple pages to find the Allegheny National Forest, then find a suitable campground, then find a cabin. It’s not a user-friendly system.”
A version of the reservation system has existed online for decades as the park has sought to prevent traffic and overcrowding. In 2018, consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton took over management of online bookings. spur hope For improvements such as real-time updates and a more user-friendly interface. The new version of Recreation.gov was a step up from the previous model, but it was ill-prepared for the massive surge in users caused by the pandemic over the past two years. It didn’t help ease the turmoil caused by changes in requirements from parks that tried to cope with pandemic restrictions and record-breaking crowds.
Kelsey Falcowski, a frequent national park visitor, believes a reservation system is important to prevent overcrowding. Falkowski, a high school social studies teacher from Vernon, N.J., has been visiting national parks with her brother and sister for the past six years, and on one trip she usually makes two trips. Or visiting her three parks. He has never run into any major problems using his Recreation.gov.
“It really comes down to research,” he said. “We started planning about a year ago and my brother creates his 50-page travel itinerary. or visit his Instagram account.”
“Make discomfort comfortable”
In addition to a high-speed internet connection, accessing and booking recreation.gov requires a level of computer literacy that not all travelers possess (speaking of technology, campsite snatchbot When third party sites has plagued recreation.gov for years).
Last December, after months of looking for a campsite, Prado was able to book a three-night campsite in Glacier. For the rest, she decided she had to play it by ear.