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Re: Laguna Meadows/West sites unavailable
« Reply #15 on: December 05, 2016, 02:38:05 PM »
It appears on the backcountry calendar that those already closed Chisos sites as well as the Lower Juniper and Blue Creek zones have had their closures extended through the end of the year.

Jim, I'm new to the forum and really appreciate all of the information.  Can you please share the link of the backcountry calendar?  I'm planning our first visit to stay in BBNP from 12/20-1/2.  I'm really looking forward to the visit, but fairly disappointed about the rim closures.  I'm still hopeful that they will reopen before we leave the park.

Thanks again,
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Hi  Amanda and welcome to the board.  Here is the link to the permits page, once you enter go to step 2 and check site availibilty.  Not all of the High Chisos are closed, the NE and SE rim sites are open and SW3&4.  Folks will have to have several versions of their itinerary but it should work, the big problem is you are landing at maybe the busiest week of the year besides Spring Break.
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Re: Laguna Meadows/West sites unavailable
« Reply #16 on: December 05, 2016, 03:03:55 PM »
It appears on the backcountry calendar that those already closed Chisos sites as well as the Lower Juniper and Blue Creek zones have had their closures extended through the end of the year.

Jim, I'm new to the forum and really appreciate all of the information.  Can you please share the link of the backcountry calendar?  I'm planning our first visit to stay in BBNP from 12/20-1/2.  I'm really looking forward to the visit, but fairly disappointed about the rim closures.  I'm still hopeful that they will reopen before we leave the park.

Thanks again,
Amanda

Jim,
I've been lurking on the forum for a good 6-8 months while planning the trip before actually posting.  I've come across several of your posts and just want to say thank you for all of the helpful information you provide for us newbies! 

Best,
Amanda

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Re: Laguna Meadows/West sites unavailable
« Reply #17 on: December 05, 2016, 03:17:38 PM »
Just to make sure:

(1) Does the Lower Juniper zone stop at the Juniper/Dodson intersection?

(2) Does the Lower Blue Creek zone (assuming it's still closed too) stop at the Homer Wilson ranch house?

(*) Meaning that all OML camping will have to be done between the Juniper/Dodson intersection and Homer Wilson???
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Re: Laguna Meadows/West sites unavailable
« Reply #18 on: December 05, 2016, 04:54:20 PM »
(1) Does the Lower Juniper zone stop at the Juniper/Dodson intersection?
(2) Does the Lower Blue Creek zone (assuming it's still closed too) stop at the Homer Wilson ranch house?
(*) Meaning that all OML camping will have to be done between the Juniper/Dodson intersection and Homer Wilson???

Hard to be completely sure with the lack of detail in the zone camping maps but I think you are correct. Technically speaking you could utilize the Hays Ridge zone but I don't see any advantage in camping there. If you can snag one of the few open Rim sites you could still put together a nice 3 night trip by camping one night on the rim and the other two nights near the Dodson trailheads.

There are several campsites near the Juniper trailhead including some opportunities to camp in the washes coming out of the Chisos. On the Homer Wilson side there are a few spots coming around the front of pt 4817 and up to the pass. Probably some flat areas further down Blue Creek as well.

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Re: Laguna Meadows/West sites unavailable
« Reply #19 on: December 05, 2016, 10:18:33 PM »
It appears on the backcountry calendar that those already closed Chisos sites as well as the Lower Juniper and Blue Creek zones have had their closures extended through the end of the year.

Jim, I'm new to the forum and really appreciate all of the information.  Can you please share the link of the backcountry calendar?  I'm planning our first visit to stay in BBNP from 12/20-1/2.  I'm really looking forward to the visit, but fairly disappointed about the rim closures.  I'm still hopeful that they will reopen before we leave the park.

Thanks again,
Amanda

Believe you're looking for this link: http://75.41.147.131/permits/welcome.php

Once you click into the next page, check the only choice under Step 2 - Check Site Availability and hit enter. That'll show you all the scheduling. I finally added this to my bookmarks because it's hard to find.
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Re: Laguna Meadows/West sites unavailable
« Reply #20 on: December 07, 2016, 02:45:42 PM »
Update on bear closures as of noon on Wednesday, December 7:
As bear activity begins to decline along with bear and people interactions, park management has decided to open the Lost Mine Trail and some of the previously closed backcountry campsites and zones on a trial basis.
Along with the Lost Mine Trail being open, the following backcountry camping will be reopened: Laguna Meadows, Laguna West, and Juniper and Blue Creek camping zones. The following will remain closed due to recent bear activity: Toll Mountain, Boot Canyon 1-4, Colima 1-3, Juniper Canyon 1, and Southwest Rim 2 campsites.
As we continue to assess bear activity in the park we will modify closures accordingly, to keep people safe and bears healthy and wild. Remember: do not harass, approach, or feed wildlife. Do not linger near bears- give them the space they need to protect their young, travel safely, and eat wild food. We thank everyone for continuing to share this park with our unique wildlife!

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Re: Laguna Meadows/West sites unavailable
« Reply #21 on: December 08, 2016, 10:50:01 AM »
It appears on the backcountry calendar that those already closed Chisos sites as well as the Lower Juniper and Blue Creek zones have had their closures extended through the end of the year.

Jim, I'm new to the forum and really appreciate all of the information.  Can you please share the link of the backcountry calendar?  I'm planning our first visit to stay in BBNP from 12/20-1/2.  I'm really looking forward to the visit, but fairly disappointed about the rim closures.  I'm still hopeful that they will reopen before we leave the park.

Thanks again,
Amanda

Here ya go: http://75.41.147.131/permits/welcome.php

Once you click to the next page select  Step 2 - Check Site Availability and the radio button below that and hit submit.
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