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Beware double-booked backcountry sites!!

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Offline presidio

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Re: Beware double-booked backcountry sites!!
« Reply #30 on: March 01, 2018, 04:31:30 PM »
"New system" ?
Just wait, their next "new system" will be a big chalk board!

Actually...that would probably work better than any of their other systems.  And then they can point a webcam at it, and presto! live-updating backcountry availability.

So simple.

So unlikely to happen.
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Re: Beware double-booked backcountry sites!!
« Reply #31 on: March 01, 2018, 06:07:12 PM »
Now that El Campo is gone, it doesn't surprise me that this occurring. It really is dumbfounding that Big Bend NPS would have gotten rid of something that should have made their lives so much easier. The excuse of the firewall just doesn't make sense to me.

Personally, I only support a partial online reservation system for campgrounds in the Basin and RGV as it currently stands today. I do not support a reservation system in the park for any other campsites, especially backcountry and backcountry road campsites. As El Hombre said, people will just reserve them online and when they don't show up or cancel, the park and the rest of us will not be aware of their availability. I've experienced walking by 4 campsites in a row that I was told were booked, only to find no one was there in the morning when I hiked by. It was very frustrating.

If for some reason you have to cancel a portion of your trip, please make every effort to contact Panther Junction HQ (432-477-2251) and let them know. Those of us needing a campsite will be most grateful if you do!

I'm going on my first Spring Break trip with my family next week. I was only able to reserve a campsite Friday night in the Basin. I have no clue where we are going to stay after that. I assume everything will be booked and we will just have to zone camp, which is fine by me. If you're in the Basin Friday, come by site 38 and say hello!
« Last Edit: March 02, 2018, 09:50:47 AM by Lance »

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Offline alan in shreveport

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Re: Beware double-booked backcountry sites!!
« Reply #32 on: March 02, 2018, 06:43:35 AM »
Lance
  Is the Ranch full too ?

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Re: Beware double-booked backcountry sites!!
« Reply #33 on: March 02, 2018, 06:44:41 AM »
Lance
  Is the Ranch full too ?
Terlingua Ranch? I don't know. Not familiar with camping over there.
« Last Edit: March 02, 2018, 09:55:39 AM by Lance »

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Re: Beware double-booked backcountry sites!!
« Reply #34 on: March 02, 2018, 01:11:41 PM »
No, sorry, I meant Big Bend Ranch State Park

Re: Beware double-booked backcountry sites!!
« Reply #35 on: March 02, 2018, 01:25:27 PM »
No, sorry, I meant Big Bend Ranch State Park
That would not likely be "full," but it's a quite different experience than the NP. And, aside from a few sites along the highway (170) quite a bit farther; not practical for a home base for exploring BBNP.

 


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