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Grand Teton park campgrounds move to reservation system


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CASPER, Wyoming (AP) — Campgrounds at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming are expected to begin using an online reservation system later this month.

Campgrounds on the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway will also begin taking reservations online beginning Jan. 26, The Casper Star-Tribune reported Sunday.

Campgrounds in the park near Jackson previously operated on a first-come, first-served basis, the National Park Service said in a statement.

The change to an advanced reservation system is expected to make accessing the campgrounds and the park easier by allowing visitors to plan their camping experiences without worrying about securing campsites.

The system is also expected to mitigate traffic congestion and eliminate long lines.

Members of the public had requested a reservation system for the campgrounds, parks service Public Affairs Officer Denise Germann said.

“People would come before the break of dawn waiting for someone to leave or wait in line for hours,” Germann said.

Grand Teton National Park recorded more than 3 million recreational visitors in 2019, the park service website said.