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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. — It’s the first week of February in the Yampa Valley and spring is so far over the horizon it might feel premature to daydream about sitting around a campfire reliving the day’s adventure in a desert slot canyon.
Quite the opposite — if you don’t get on the stick and make a reservation now, you might discover that strangers have already booked your favorite campsite, whether it’s a state park or a campground managed by the National Park Service or the U.S. Forest Service and booked by recreation.gov. That’s because online reservations have been available since the first of the year and campers in the know have been locking up their dates for weeks.
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