California State Parks partnered with Hipcamp to provide real-time information about camping availability directly to the Hipcamp inventory, which includes 475,000 private and public sites.
The partnership is “laying the foundation” to further support open data standards in public campsite reservation systems, with stated future integrations to come nationwide. The initiative is the first of its kind, the companies stated.
“California State Parks is proud to partner with Hipcamp in supporting the open data movement,” California State Parks Director Armando Quintero said. “This partnership supports ongoing efforts to promote transparency, progress through innovation and increased opportunities for community engagement.”
Through its API integration pilot – the online programming interface – information about California State Parks’ camping inventory will be available on Hipcamp’s website, letting visitors explore details about sites and their availability. Users will be directed back to the State Parks’ reservation system, ReserveCalifornia, to complete the booking.
California State Parks noted the data integration is an important step in its ongoing commitment to increasing equitable access to the state’s public lands.
The integration is made possible through Conduent Inc., a business process services and solutions company, and US eDirect, a provider of recreation management systems.
“This initiative will also help unlock access to public land to a greater, more diverse group of people, support overall public health by expanding access to nature, boost park revenue and secure the ongoing relevance and sustainability of our public lands,” California State Parks stated.
According to the 2020 North American Camping Report, 46% of all leisure travelers said they considered camping the safest way to travel once restrictions were lifted. The new integration will help Hipcampers better gauge risk and plan based on availability, the company stated, all while supporting California State Parks.
“As the pandemic continues, people are craving a deeper connection to the outdoors and the need to be outside has never been more important,” Hipcamp founder and CEO Alyssa Ravasio said. “Open data unlocks access to public land to a greater, more diverse group of people and helps Hipcampers avoid overcrowding. This integration comes at a transformative time and we’re so excited to have California State Parks as a part of the Hipcamp community.”