Campers planning for next summer will have to hold off making campground reservations at Shenandoah, Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and more than a dozen other national parks because the government has canceled the contract of the company in charge of nationwide reservations.
The park service announced last month that no new reservations would be accepted until a new contractor and reservation system are in place, possibly by February or March.
The contract was canceled after federal officials accused Destinet Service Corp. of Mira Mesa, Calif., the contractor since 1994, of failing to repay money owed the Park Service. The accusations are under investigation, and a spokesman for Destinet said the company would have no comment.
The park service said that all reservations for campgrounds or tour activities made through October would be honored and that campers should take their confirmation numbers to campground offices or tour counters for instructions. Cancellations can be made by calling (202) 208-4048.
Among the other parks affected are Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Assateague Island National Seashore, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Everglades National Park, Acadia National Park and Rocky Mountain National Park.