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El Campo historical dates

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Online Don H

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El Campo historical dates
« on: January 21, 2016, 09:33:15 AM »
Looking to head out to the Bend sometime during the latter part of February ( prior to the Spring Break crowds).  Looking at El Campo for the last couple of weeks of Feb. last year, it shows virtually all primitive roadside sites occupied almost every day.  Does this sound right - is the park really that busy that time of year?
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Re: El Campo historical dates
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2016, 03:28:55 PM »
Don, I've got the same question. I'm headed to the park in 2 weeks and last year at that time most of the campgrounds appear to have been reserved.  I thought early February wouldn't be so busy . . .


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Offline Jim

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Re: El Campo historical dates
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2016, 03:42:46 PM »
Apparently late February is a popular time for the Roadside Campsites.

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Re: El Campo historical dates
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2016, 05:43:32 PM »
While the backcountry roadsites seem full (snow birds?).  Feb. generally has the fewest backcountry/backpacking visitors.
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Online Don H

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Re: El Campo historical dates
« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2016, 03:11:10 PM »
Thanks for the responses guys, especially the link ME!  I've got the opportunity in Feb. and will hope for the best.

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Re: El Campo historical dates
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2016, 07:15:03 AM »
Ok, this post has me a bit worried but I want to make sure I'm understanding the terms. 

I plan to arrive in BB in the afternoon of Feb 22nd (a Monday).  I want to stay in, I think the right term is "primitive roadside campsite" such as Fresno or Rice Tank.  If those are full, I'll take almost any one that I can get to with a 2WD truck.

My understanding is I can't reserve one until the day I arrive. 

Are these posts saying that they may be ALL TAKEN? 

My only back up plan would be to car camp in Chisos Basin or RGV.  I would think most people would take those first.  If the primitive roadsides are taken, do you think a campground spot would be open???

I know you can't predict openings a month out, but there's a lot of experience on here.  Should I be worried?  Is there a chance I won't be able to get ANY spot in the park?

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Re: El Campo historical dates
« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2016, 08:55:21 AM »
I know you can't predict openings a month out, but there's a lot of experience on here.  Should I be worried?  Is there a chance I won't be able to get ANY spot in the park?

Peak occupancy in the park is, generally, Thanksgiving, Christmas/New Year's, and Spring Break(s).  I have been to the park at all these times and have never had a problem finding a site.

A 2WD drive truck will get you to any primitive roadside campsite, unless it's been raining and then all bets are off.  Also, IF (that's a big if  :great:) ALL campsites were full, you could always get a zone camping permit.  Park your car on the side of the road, hike in a bit, and set up camp.

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Offline Al

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Re: El Campo historical dates
« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2016, 09:08:02 AM »
Ok, this post has me a bit worried but I want to make sure I'm understanding the terms. 

I plan to arrive in BB in the afternoon of Feb 22nd (a Monday).  I want to stay in, I think the right term is "primitive roadside campsite" such as Fresno or Rice Tank.  If those are full, I'll take almost any one that I can get to with a 2WD truck.

My understanding is I can't reserve one until the day I arrive. 

Are these posts saying that they may be ALL TAKEN? 

My only back up plan would be to car camp in Chisos Basin or RGV.  I would think most people would take those first.  If the primitive roadsides are taken, do you think a campground spot would be open???

I know you can't predict openings a month out, but there's a lot of experience on here.  Should I be worried?  Is there a chance I won't be able to get ANY spot in the park?

Just have a Plan B or C and you'll be fine.

 


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