So basically, the people were right, they cooked the books on survey results and ignored the peoples comments, then went on to bomb the launch with errors and premature start. But to their credit, they have adapted, so kudos for that.“Returning to a partial lottery system is in line with the public comments we received about the transition of the park’s advance wilderness camping reservation system [to the Recreation.gov system],” Icenoggle said. “We also based the changes on lessons we learned this year.”
That's how I'm thinking it will work. It's not clear though if the time frame awarded to complete my itinerary will be a full day, part of a day or a range of hours. I guess we'll find out on March 17.sbosecker wrote: ↑Sat Feb 10, 2024 3:03 pm I am trying to get my arms around exactly how this is going to work...
Assuming a "small" group.
On March 15th beginning at 00:01 Mountain Time until about 24 hours later I can submit an "application" for an "opportunity" to create an advanced backcountry reservation via Rec.gov. I will be charged $10 for this application.
My "application" will be dropped into the digital hopper with everyone else's "applications".
At some point after the application submission window closes, Rec.gov will randomly select 3000 of the submitted applicaitons.
On March 17th Rec.gov will send emails to the winners and losers of this lottery. Winners will be given a date & time to exploit this "opportunity" to create an itinerary for an advance backcountry reservation.
The earliest date one would be given an "opportunity" would be March 21st and the last date one can use their "opportunity" is April 30th.
Beginning May 1st, whatever advance reservation campsites are leftover may now be reserved by anyone via Rec.gov.
The information available seems to be silent on just how many dates the winners will be spread over. I'm going to guess 30 dates as that would be 100 oportunities per day and also leaves 11 days for the poor folks whose "opportunity" is on the last day to try to build a trip out of what's leftover.
If they run the dates over 40 days, it would be 75 opportunities per day.
So is the above how others expect this to work?
If it’s similar to the way they do it with the Grand Canyon permit lottery, starting at your awarded date and time, you have unfettered access to make one reservation. Meaning that if you are awarded an access time of March 20 at 10:00 am, for example, you will have access to creating a permit anytime thereafter until the permits are gone. But you’d be wise to be online as soon as possible after your award time for best site selection.That's how I'm thinking it will work. It's not clear though if the time frame awarded to complete my itinerary will be a full day, part of a day or a range of hours. I guess we'll find out on March 17.
Hopefully karma makes this your year!My biggest worry about this is that I'm not very lucky at lotteries