California Rec Area Launches Online Reservations
Southern California's Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area will launch a new online reservation system and fee structure on May 2 for its group campground, the Circle X Ranch Campground, which accommodates groups of 10 to 75 people and is located in Malibu.
"This new system not only provides better customer service, but also promotes efficiency," said acting Superintendent Lorenza Fong. "We want to make reserving the campground as convenient as possible for the greatest number of people."
As reported by the Imperial Valley News, currently the park manages the campground through an in-house process that is only available between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Beginning May 2, campground reservations will only be taken through www.recreation.gov, www.reserveamerica.com, or by calling (877) 444-6777 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The reservation system incorporates a new fee structure, which replaces the previous rate of $2 per person. Under the former system, the number of actual campers often fluctuated from the time of the reservation, resulting in numerous additions and subtractions upon check-in. The new tiered system charges a flat rate of $35 per night for 10-35 people, $75 for 36-50 people and $125 for 51-75 people.
The last day to make reservations through the old system will be April 27 for camping dates up until July 31. As part of the transition, the reservation system will be unavailable from April 28 to May 1.
For additional information, contact the visitor center at (805) 370-2301.