AUSTIN, Texas - Planning a summer trip to a Texas state park? Visitors will now be able to make camping reservations again.
Starting May 27, visitors can make reservations at parks with arrival dates between June 1 and September 7. The gradual reopening of overnight reservations will be limited to varying degrees at individual parks in order to ensure safe practices currently being followed in Texas.
All guests, including annual pass holders, need to pre-purchase day passes and overnight reservations in advance through the Texas State Parks Reservation System. Reservations can be made online at www.texasstateparks.org or by calling 512-389-8900.
Callers should expect longer than normal wait times when trying to make reservations. Visitors are encouraged to use the online system to help reduce the volume of calls to the customer service center.
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Existing social distancing standards and public health recommendations remain in effect including the recommendation to wear face coverings and bring one’s own supply of hand sanitizer.
State parks will also continue the requirement of a six-foot distance from individuals outside of their party, including the prohibition of the gathering of groups larger than five that are not part of the same family or household.
Officials say that visitors planning on heading out to a state park are encouraged to bring all necessary provisions, such as hand sanitizer and face masks. Guests should also ensure they have enough water and weather-appropriate clothing before heading out.
Texas State Parks will continue to operate at a limited capacity. Operational changes still in effect at parks include the suspension of all transactions at parks, equipment rentals, and in-person interpretive programs. All headquarters, visitor centers, and nature centers will also remain closed for now.
Officials remind people that the continuation of overnight reservations and other parts of park operations is still subject to change and dependent on current data, staffing levels, and public health recommendations.
For details and up-to-date information you can go to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department website.
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