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Walk-up availability?

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Offline Braulii

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Re: Walk-up availability?
« Reply #15 on: March 06, 2017, 05:54:12 AM »
My girlfriend and I will also be doing the "driving around a campground for people leaving" strategy. It was recommended by the rangers when I called the park. We have our fingers crossed tjat we'll find one. We'll be there in the middle of the spring break week. We figure people who don't live in Texas will be headed out by then to make it back home in time. Anyone have tricks to finding a campground this way??

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Re: Walk-up availability?
« Reply #16 on: March 06, 2017, 08:42:13 PM »
I'm with you Braulii. We're hoping to get there before most of the spring breakers.

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Re: Walk-up availability?
« Reply #17 on: March 07, 2017, 10:38:16 PM »
My trip fell apart so we won't be making it down any longer. Best of luck to those are trying to get out during spring break.

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Re: Walk-up availability?
« Reply #18 on: March 08, 2017, 06:29:31 AM »
My trip fell apart so we won't be making it down any longer. Best of luck to those are trying to get out during spring break.

Sorry to hear about the trip falling apart.  It can be hard at times to get folks to go a long distance to a place they are not sure about.  In the long run you might be better off trying to go another time when the crowds are not so big.
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« Reply #19 on: March 08, 2017, 10:54:18 PM »
So is the best method for getting a camp site to show up very early in the AM and talk to the campground host? I'm sorry to ask sort of a redundant question but I can't find any information on the actual procedure for getting a walk up site. Is it as simple as just driving up to the camp site and sitting in a vacant spot while another member of my party gets us registered?


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Re: Walk-up availability?
« Reply #20 on: March 09, 2017, 07:34:28 AM »
So is the best method for getting a camp site to show up very early in the AM and talk to the campground host? I'm sorry to ask sort of a redundant question but I can't find any information on the actual procedure for getting a walk up site. Is it as simple as just driving up to the camp site and sitting in a vacant spot while another member of my party gets us registered?

That would work.  Registration is filling out the envelope and putting it in the bin.  The tear-off portion you attach to the post at your site.  Recommend you pick up the envelope before you start your drive around.

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Offline vdWcontact

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« Reply #21 on: March 09, 2017, 08:49:33 AM »
Thanks a ton for this info Jalco. Definitely helps to have an idea of how the process works before I drive 9 hours to BiBe. This envelope we need to pick up. Is it at Panther Junction or at the campground entrance? Is there a pile of envelopes somewhere and I can just grab one or do I need to speak to a ranger or campground host to get one?

I'm planning on having a zone permit for all the nights we're in BBNP as a back up plan. If we somehow get a campsite I can just call PJVC and tell them I'm leaving the back country, correct?

Thanks in advance for any info. This thread (and forum) is a life saver!

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Re: Walk-up availability?
« Reply #22 on: March 09, 2017, 09:27:29 AM »
Thanks a ton for this info Jalco. Definitely helps to have an idea of how the process works before I drive 9 hours to BiBe. This envelope we need to pick up. Is it at Panther Junction or at the campground entrance? Is there a pile of envelopes somewhere and I can just grab one or do I need to speak to a ranger or campground host to get one?
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.


I'm planning on having a zone permit for all the nights we're in BBNP as a back up plan. If we somehow get a campsite I can just call PJVC and tell them I'm leaving the back country, correct?
That's one way to do it, but I'd try to find a campsite first before waiting in line and paying for a zone permit.

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Re: Walk-up availability?
« Reply #23 on: March 09, 2017, 09:45:46 AM »

Once you've filled out an envelope, you clip the end of it to a post right in front of the site.  On this is the date you expect to leave.  So, as you're driving around trying to find a site, you can look at the dates and see what is coming free that day.
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Offline vdWcontact

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« Reply #24 on: March 09, 2017, 10:09:08 AM »
This thread is a God send. Thanks everyone for the info!

 


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