Glacier backcountry reservations going to a lottery system

COLUMBIA FALLS (AP) — Glacier National Park is changing how it administers backcountry camping reservations this year.
The park says it will use a “modified lottery system” that will process requests on opening day in a randomly sequenced order. After that, reservations will be taken in the order they’re received.
The Hungry Horse News reports that the reservation system for opening day had been on a first-come, first-served basis.
Opening day for reservations is Friday.
The changes come after a rush of reservation requests last year overloaded the system and it crashed. Last year 1,500 campers made an attempt to get a reservation in the first hour. The previous year, 1,600 people applied for permits on the first day.

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