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Basin Campground Info

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Re: Basin Campground Info
« Reply #60 on: December 31, 2014, 04:39:52 PM »
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.
The envelopes no longer have a spot for credit card info, so it's cash or check only. The guy working the Basin Visitor Center said they had never accepted credit cards. :icon_rolleyes: After the usual disclaimer of "we don't do the campsite payments and don't really know anything about it", he said they were planning on putting in an automated payment station. No telling how long that will take or how well it will work.

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Re: Basin Campground Info
« Reply #61 on: December 31, 2014, 04:51:18 PM »
he said they were planning on putting in an automated payment station. No telling how long that will take or how well it will work.

That would be the "Digital Ranger"?
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Re: Basin Campground Info
« Reply #62 on: December 31, 2014, 04:56:38 PM »
he said they were planning on putting in an automated payment station. No telling how long that will take or how well it will work.

That would be the "Digital Ranger"?
I can see it now. You put in your cash after selecting an available campsite, only to find the printer is out of paper or ink. No site for you!

I can't believe I didn't put in a "PC Load Letter" joke here...
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Re: Basin Campground Info
« Reply #63 on: February 08, 2016, 05:35:38 PM »
26 sites are reservable November 15ľApril 15.

However, the reservation site says they are reservable through May.
The campground is first-come, first- served June 1 through November 14.

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Re: Basin Campground Info
« Reply #64 on: February 08, 2016, 05:55:06 PM »
26 sites are reservable November 15ľApril 15.

However, the reservation site says they are reservable through May.
The campground is first-come, first- served June 1 through November 14.

From their Book of Face page back in January 2016.

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Wish you could reserve a campsite in the Chisos Basin Campground in April or May? Now you can! The campground reservation season has been extended in the Chisos Basin Campground through May 31st to accommodate our visitors who prefer reliability and a plan

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Re: Basin Campground Info
« Reply #65 on: February 08, 2016, 05:57:25 PM »
26 sites are reservable November 15ľApril 15.

However, the reservation site says they are reservable through May.
The campground is first-come, first- served June 1 through November 14.

From their Book of Face page back in January 2016.

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Wish you could reserve a campsite in the Chisos Basin Campground in April or May? Now you can! The campground reservation season has been extended in the Chisos Basin Campground through May 31st to accommodate our visitors who prefer reliability and a plan

Don
Should we start a pool on when they get around to updating the Web page?

Looks like the did get around to updating the web page.  :icon_wink:

And for some useful generic info:

As you enter the campground, you'll see this on your right before you get to the campsites. Grab a form and take it with you (make sure you have a pen to fill it out). If you see an open unreserved site, fill out the form and leave the tear-off portion in the clip on the numbered post marking the site. Then fill out the envelope and put your check or cash in it and put it in the Iron Ranger. If you don't find an open one or see anyone packing up to leave, find the campground host and see if he knows of any open sites or ones coming open. On busy days he'll be out walking the campground.  He'll usually have a clipboard. Not sure if he wears a uniform shirt or not, but he's always been wearing something green when I've talked to him. :ranger:

I'd recommend printing out this map and taking it with you. That way if the host says #59 is open you'll know how to find it. You'll also know which ones are the reserveable ones.
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Re: Basin Campground Info
« Reply #66 on: February 08, 2016, 06:42:04 PM »
The 'recreation.gov' reservation site has a box you can check to search for waterfront sites ... in the basin.  :icon_rolleyes:
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