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a permit is considered to be overnight backcountry use of one designated campsite or zone per night up to fourteen (14) consecutive nights. In Viper's case, as long as the use (zone & otherwise) was consecutive, it's just the $10 fee.
Did they even think about it before they decided how they were going to charge fees?
At many parks the use is based on how long you are in the backcountry. This has no effect on the cost of operating the park and is simply a revenue grab by the park administration(s). This does not appear to be the case at BIBE.
Ok, so you want to use a backcountry camp for 1 night, it's $10. Now let's say you want to camp at a backcountry camp for 14 straight nights, it's $10. Now let's say you want to spend 6 nights out in the backcountry, stay one night camping at Rio Grande Village, then spend the next 7 days in backcountry camps, your backcountry fee is now $20. Let's say you stay in Big Bend for 14 days and every other night you rotate between Rio Grande Village and a backcountry camp, your backcountry camping fee is now $70. First of all this doesn't make any sense to me, secondly, if you are going to interrupt a backcountry camp with a night at the Basin or Rio Grande Village camping areas, why wouldn't you reserve a backcountry camp anyway and not use it so you don't have to pay more fees? Are they going to match up your permit for the Basin and a backcountry camp to make sure you are not reserving two different spots so they can charge you an additional fee? Why not make it easy? Stay at a backcountry camp for 1-5 days for $10, 6-10 for $20, or 11-14 for $30. Or something similar. Did they even think about it before they decided how they were going to charge fees?
Ya'll....what is up with your'e complaining bout the minimal cost...
... Everyone pays for our national parks through taxes. $20 to get in and the other fees are just additional money we are all forking out...
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