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Big Bend National Park Q&A => Backcountry Camping => Topic started by: Owl on January 06, 2018, 12:38:57 PM

Title: El Campo and Primitive/Backcountry Historic Site Availability Question
Post by: Owl on January 06, 2018, 12:38:57 PM
The below excerpt was posted on another camping site I watch.  I've noticed the same thing myself when checking past usage.  Are the sites really booked to that extent or is something else going on?

"I used the El Campo system to check the spot I'm interested in for late January/Early February and it looks like most spots stay booked year round. I picked a spot that's not been mentioned that much as a top tier location (chilocotal) and then started from early Jan. 2017 and went for much of the year it and most others look like they were staying booked. I thought Big Bend was supposed to be desolate and sparsely populated? Am I seeing it wrong,...they look incredibly competitive to come by?"

Title: Re: El Campo and Primitive/Backcountry Historic Site Availability Question
Post by: elhombre on January 06, 2018, 01:08:24 PM
El campo allows you to go back and look at when the camping sites were permitted and possibly occupied.  Are you asking if the pink blocks mean someone was there?  No one keeps track of that.  But the pink block means someone paid $10 and said they will be camping there when they had their permit issued.

The park ain't what it use to be in respect to usage.  Just look around the campsites, and see the quantity of TP/crap not buried by the  faux outdoorsmen.

Good roads bring Bad people.
Title: Re: El Campo and Primitive/Backcountry Historic Site Availability Question
Post by: Owl on January 06, 2018, 01:14:23 PM
El campo allows you to go back and look at when the camping sites were permitted and possibly occupied.  Are you asking if the pink blocks mean someone was there?  No one keeps track of that.  But the pink block means someone paid $10 and said they will be camping there when they had their permit issued.

The park ain't what it use to be in respect to usage.  Just look around the campsites, and see the quantity of TP/crap not buried by the  faux outdoorsmen.

Good roads bring Bad people.

Yes, the pink occupied blocks are what I was referring to.  I haven't been to Big Bend in six years and it appears usage has increased substantially.

Thanks.
Title: Re: El Campo and Primitive/Backcountry Historic Site Availability Question
Post by: Jalco on January 06, 2018, 04:35:27 PM
Usage has increased, absolutely.  The park's Facebook page noted that last year (2017) visitor attendance was the largest in history, over 400,000 people.