Rules and Reservation Policies
As you book camping, day-use, and cabin reservations on Recreation.gov, please review these standard policies
that apply to most locations. Keep in mind, that there are many exceptions, so it is best to review
reservation information on individual facility pages for those policies and procedures that pertain to specific
locations. Policies listed for specific locations supersede these Recreation.gov site-wide policies.
tickets and permit locations, policies and fees vary widely and it is especially important
to review the details listed for each activity.
|FEES AND DEFINITIONS
||Recreation fees are the fees a visitor pays for things like overnight camping, a day-use pavilion, group
facilities, a tour or a permit. Recreation fees vary by location and/or activity.
||A fee may be charged at the time a reservation is made to cover the cost of reservation services. This fee
is in addition to the Recreation Fee and is non-refundable.
- Fees for camping, day use, group sites, cabins and lookouts: $8 if made on-line; $9 if made through
the call center; $3 if made in-person.
- Fee for Tickets: $1 if made on-line or through the call center.
- Fees for Lottery Application and Permits: Variable – see local information.
- Fee for Vehicle Tickets: $2 if made on-line; $3 if made through the call center.
||A service fee may be charged at the time a modification is made depending on the changes.
||A service fee will be withheld from any refunds for a cancelled reservation.
||The latest date and/or time that you can make an advanced reservation or a change to an existing
reservation. Cut-off windows vary by location, but are typically between 0 to 4 days before your arrival
date. More details below.
||If you cancel your reservation too close to the start date, additional service fees may be
||A No Show customer is one who does not arrive at the field location or fails to cancel a
reservation by a specified date/time.
||A full or partial credit of recreation fees.
Camping, Day-Use and
Cabin Reservation Policies and Rules
Reservation Cancellations &
- Cancelling a Reservation: Customers may cancel their reservation prior to arrival both on-line
and through the call center. A $10 service fee will be withheld from any refund for a cancellation. Depending on
when you cancel in relation to your arrival day, it may be considered a late cancellation (see below).
Changing an Existing Reservation: When changes are made prior to the
- If a customer wants to switch dates that are entirely outside of the original reservation dates, there is
a $10 change fee.
- There is no change fee if a customer extends or shortens a reservation, as long as the change includes dates
from the original reservation. If they choose to depart early, they may forfeit the recreation fee for the day
- There is no change fee if the customer wants to switch sites that are the same price with the same reservation
dates in the same facility.
- If a reservation is made that includes dates beyond the maximum booking window, that reservation cannot be
changed until 18 days have passed from the original booking date.
Late Cancellations or Cancellations within the Cut-off Window
- Individual Campsites: A customer who cancels a reservation the day before or on the day of
arrival will pay a $10.00 service fee AND forfeit the first night's use fee (not to exceed the
total paid for the original reservation). Cancellations for a one-night reservation will forfeit the entire
amount paid and will not be subject to an additional service fee.
- Cabins / Lookouts: Customers who cancel a cabin or lookout reservation less than 14
days before the arrival date will pay a $10.00 service fee AND forfeit the first night's
- Group Facility (including Cabins and Lookouts): Customers who cancel a group overnight facility
reservation less than 14 days before the arrival date will pay a $10.00 service fee AND
forfeit the first night's use fee.
- Group Day Use Area: Customers who cancel a group day-use facility reservation less than 14 days
before the arrival date will forfeit the total day-use fee.
- Changes or Cancellations within the Cut-off Window: Once a reservation date has begun,
customers cannot change a reservation using the online system or through the Call Center (see below for early
departures). If the location is staffed, on-site personnel may or may not be able to assist with changes or
cancellations (check with local staff).
- Overnight and Day-Use Facilities: A no-show customer is one who does not arrive at a campground
and does not cancel the reservation by check-out time on the day after the scheduled arrival date (or for
day-use facilities, by check-in time the day of arrival). Staff will hold a campsite until check-out time on the
day following the arrival date and will hold group day-use facilities until check-in time on the arrival date.
- No-shows are assessed $20.00 service fee and forfeit the first night’s recreation fee for a
campsite or forfeit the entire day-use fee for a day-use facility.
- If a customer departs prior to the scheduled check-out date, they may be eligible for a partial refund.
- Please notify staff at the facility if you depart early to allow others to use the site.
- Customers may notify the call center to request a refund of remaining unused nights. If a customer requests a
refund for an early departure after the facility check-out time has passed, the customer will not be refunded
for that night and is eligible for a refund on any additional nights that will not be used.
Interagency Pass Discounts
- The following are the only Interagency Passes that provide a discount on camping reservations and some tickets:
- Senior Annual Pass
- Senior Lifetime Pass
- Access Pass
- Golden Age Pass
- Golden Access Pass
- Eligible pass discounts only apply to individual campsites and may apply to a ticket for the pass holder.
Interagency Pass discounts do not apply to group reservations, cabins, shelters, and multi-use sites (doubles,
- Pass discounts only apply to the recreation (or use) fee for the facility. Other charges such as electricity or
water hookups, reservation or other fees are not eligible for a discount.
- The holder of the pass must occupy the site for which the discount is applied.
- The pass can only be used for one site during a time period.
Customers may submit a refund request through their
Recreation.gov profile within 7 days of the end date of their reservation. Customers may also initiate a refund
request through the call center at any time after their reservation has ended.
- Fees: Applicable fees, such as reservation fees, service/cancellation fees, lottery application
fees, and change fees, are non-refundable.
- Debit or Credit Card Purchases: Refunds for debit or credit card payments made after October 1,
2018 will be issued as a credit to the original bank or credit card used to pay. In the event that a customer
has cancelled this card, they will need to contact their card company to have the funds released. We cannot
issue refunds to any card other than the one used to pay. If a customer paid with a debit or credit card prior
to October 1, 2018 their refund will be issued in the form of a Treasury check.
- Check or Cash Purchases: Recreation.gov will mail a Treasury check for refunds of cash, check,
or money order payments to the address associated with the reservation. You may update the address at the time
you request the refund. It may take up to 6-8 weeks for the Treasury check to arrive. Please make sure your
address is up to date in your customer profile.
- Emergency Closures: In the event of an emergency closure, the Recreation.gov team or facility
manager will refund all fees and will attempt to notify you using the contact information within your
Recreation.gov customer profile.
- Reservation fees for free tickets are non-refundable in the event of an emergency closure.
Recreation.gov Billing Information
Reservation transactions will
appear on customer's credit card statements as "Recreation.gov 877-444-6777 NM"
Policies and Procedures
Recreation.gov reserves the right, when necessary, to modify reservation policies.
These policies were last updated September 2019.