Questions we get asked a lot

Is Campflare an app?
As of recently, Campflare has both an iOS App and website! Both are free, and let you receive fast availability alerts. However, the app lets you manage your alerts, requests, and view realtime availability for thousands of campgrounds.

How often does Campflare check each campground for openings?
We check each campground every 45 seconds or so, but it depends on the campground. The more popular the campground, the more we check it.

How does Campflare work?
We monitor campground reservation systems and and use their data to find out immediately when a campsite becomes available. If the campsite matches your request, we notify you of the opening.

What is the purpose of Campflare?
We believe in increasing the accessibility of our public lands. Please see our Manifesto.

How likely is it that I get a campsite?
Each campsite is different. As a general rule of thumb, many consecutive nights in the same campsite are harder to find and cancellations usually occur more frequently only a few days in advance. We will soon be launching our Campalytics feature which contains detailed information regarding seasonal popularity, average daily cancellations, and even estimates on the likelihood of securing a campsite given your request.

How quickly do I have to book the campsite once I get a notification that it's available?
It depends. In the most popular campgrounds, you only have a short period of time (i.e. seconds). In most campgrounds, however, you probably have a few minutes. Make sure to stay updated on the launch of our Campalytics feature which will give much more detailed estimates for each campground.

Why can’t you book campsites automatically?
This is prohibited by the Better Online Ticket Sales Act.

What campgrounds does Campflare support?
Currently, we support all campgrounds that are reservable on and 23 state parks. We are working to add support for other campgrounds. Make sure to subscribe to our newsletter to stay updated on future campground support. If you have a suggestion for a campground, please let us know.

Where do we get our data?
We are powered by

How accessible is outdoor data?
We believe in Open Data for Open Lands and support Access Land. If you would like to join the movement, or simply learn more, check them out here.

Can I pay a premium to be notified of campsites earlier?
No. At Campflare, we believe in equality for access to our public lands. This is our highest priority and it always will be.

Can I get notifications for more than one campground?
Yes, of course! You can set up notifications for as many campgrounds as you wish.

Can I partner with Campflare?
We are always interested in working with outdoor companies that share our commitment to making public lands more accessible. Please contact us at for more information.

Can I contribute to Campflare?
Yes, contributing — regardless of the amount — helps us immensely. Please see the Contribute page.

Didn’t see your question? Or just want to say hello?
Email us at Alternatively, visit our feedback page. Please don’t hesitate to reach out.

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