Some Ranger Districts are asking the concessionaires to close the campgrounds to the public. If you have a reservation in one of those campgrounds over the next couple weeks, it will be cancelled and your money refunded. Please call the campground before you go to check the status of the campground.
As we understand it from ReserveAmerica, what will happen with your reservation is this:
As long as the shutdown continues, reservations will be cancelled.
Because of the shutdown, refunds cannot be made until the shutdown ends.
When the shutdown ends, then refunds will be automatically processed. You will not need to call anyone or send anything in. The fees you paid will be returned to the card you paid for your reservation with.
So, if you have a future reservation and the shutdown ends, your reservation will still be in place and you will be able to camp.
Although the Recreation.gov website is down during the shutdown, the ReserveAmerica website is still up. That means you can see photos and get information for your future vacation plans. You cannot, however, reserve a campsite since ReserveAmerica actually sends you to Recreation.gov for that.
Yes, this is quite confusing. We wish we knew more, but we are a private, non-government company as is ReserveAmerica, and we can only relay what we are told and follow the directions we are given.