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Basin Campground Info

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Offline Jimbow

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Re: Basin Campground Info
« Reply #45 on: July 28, 2014, 08:48:53 AM »
Want an interest free loan for a few months to cover the cost of your campsite payment? Fill out the payment envelope and put down a credit card number instead of putting in cash. My payment from last December just showed up on my credit card. That's almost 5 months. The year before it took about 3 months, IIRC.

Same experience but with a check that came through almost a year later. Since I don't mind at all supporting the park I was kind of bothered. 
Everything is in walking distance if you have enough time.

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Offline ds9writer

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Re: Basin Campground Info
« Reply #46 on: July 28, 2014, 10:32:21 AM »
Pretty sure that isn't site #40.  Based on the map, #40 doesn't face the Window.

I'm almost positive that's a picture of site #47.

I think you're 100% correct - I checked the map against the campground map as you did (should have thought of that sooner!), plus against Google Maps earth view and it does look just like #47!



Many many thanks!!!
« Last Edit: July 28, 2014, 10:40:47 AM by ds9writer »
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Offline TexasAggieHiker

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Re: Basin Campground Info
« Reply #47 on: July 28, 2014, 01:41:19 PM »
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Re: Basin Campground Info
« Reply #48 on: July 29, 2014, 09:14:28 AM »
Here's a stitch of the Google view of the campground. I was going to put campsite numbers on it, but am confused as to which one is 56.


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Offline huachuca

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Re: Basin Campground Info
« Reply #49 on: July 31, 2014, 10:44:48 PM »
Definitely #47 in the current numbering system; #42 in the old layout.  Its a great site for a small trailer but not so much for a tent; just no room to pitch anything bigger than a solo unless you set up on the asphalt drive.  It has great views and a fair degree of privacy when compared to most others in the Basin.  On our last two trips,  a fox would come out of the brush each night around dusk and pass through the picnic shelter while we were sitting there.    Couple of photos of our setup on 47 last year.

« Last Edit: August 01, 2014, 07:56:12 AM by huachuca »

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Offline Owl

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Re: Basin Campground Info
« Reply #50 on: August 01, 2014, 08:16:29 AM »
That's the first Scamp 5th wheel trailer I've ever seen.  Nice!

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Offline ds9writer

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Re: Basin Campground Info
« Reply #51 on: August 01, 2014, 08:32:49 AM »
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Its a great site for a small trailer but not so much for a tent; just no room to pitch anything bigger than a solo unless you set up on the asphalt drive.

That's good to know... we have a two person tent, so may have to look at another site...  sigh...
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Offline huachuca

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Re: Basin Campground Info
« Reply #52 on: August 01, 2014, 08:48:52 PM »
Thanks Owl; not too many of them around,  At our advancing ages, the Scamp has become the first option but we keep our backpacking gear on board and manage an overnighter or two on most of our longer trips.

ds9writer, you may want to give the Park a call for confirmation but I don't think there's room for a two man.  Hope you enjoy your visit.

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Offline ds9writer

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Re: Basin Campground Info
« Reply #53 on: August 02, 2014, 01:32:23 PM »
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ds9writer, you may want to give the Park a call for confirmation but I don't think there's room for a two man.  Hope you enjoy your visit.

It's also booked the days we wanted to be there, so back to the drawing board... really just want something secluded-ish as far from the road as possible (if such a thing is possible in the Basin - guess we're too spoiled by backcountry sites where your nearest neighbor is 5 miles away!)
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Offline RichardM

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Re: Basin Campground Info
« Reply #54 on: August 27, 2014, 08:55:43 AM »
Here's the aerial view with site numbers.


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Offline alanmalk

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Re: Basin Campground Info
« Reply #55 on: August 27, 2014, 02:44:47 PM »
Quote from: Jim
And by the power vested in me, showers are now $1.50 !

And if I'm not mistaken, that is not $1.50 per shower, that's per gallon.

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Offline StFuz

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Re: Basin Campground Info
« Reply #56 on: November 26, 2014, 02:47:08 PM »
Ok, I'm trying to figure out if site 39 is a good location. Based on the list on this page;
http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/campgrounds/basin-campground-info/30/

Site 38 is now 39 and Site 39 is now 40. When I click on the link for 38 there is no picture. But when I look at:

https://web.archive.org/web/20101217234754/http://www.bigbendpartners.com/NEWBCG.HTM

it says that 39 has a metal canopy wide level spot with, rv useable and 2 car spaces.

Any info would be appreciated.

St Fuz

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Offline catz

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Re: Basin Campground Info
« Reply #57 on: November 26, 2014, 06:25:24 PM »
Sorry, I can't give you the specifics about any particular site in the Basin.  It's frustrating that despite months and months of trying, we can't seem to get 100% accuracy of the sites.  But I can say that about half the sites in the basin--maybe a bit more--have a metal canopy.  Just about all have a grill.  When you arrive in February, you shouldn't have any trouble getting a spot you like.

You should also consider one of the other two campgrounds.  The Basin could be quite cold in February.   Rio Grande Village is warmer and offers many amenities (a store, showers, washer-driers, etc.).  A few of the sites have canopies.  It is convenient to Old Ore Road and the east end of River Road.   It is also likely to be the most "crowded" in February.  Cottonwood has no canopies and few amenities (other than tables and many large trees) but will be warmer than the Basin and far less "crowded".  It is convenient to the Castolon store, Maverick Road, and the west end of River Road.
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Offline ds9writer

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Re: Basin Campground Info
« Reply #58 on: November 27, 2014, 11:52:16 AM »
I think RichardM's diagram/pic above is pretty accurate. 

I hope to take new pics of every campsite this spring break... but that won't help you in February... sorry
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Offline StFuz

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Re: Basin Campground Info
« Reply #59 on: November 27, 2014, 08:47:47 PM »
Thank you for the information. I am excited. I just got a pop up camper for the trip. Can't wait to get there.

 


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