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Why are some campsites in BBRSP not on website?

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Offline Freeleo1

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Why are some campsites in BBRSP not on website?
« on: April 09, 2018, 06:43:29 PM »
I have been checking campsites for 2wd truck accessibility and noticed there are some campsites not listed on the state park website. Some that seemed to be missing were McGuirks Tanks, Rincon 1 and 2 and Rancho Viejo and Los Alamos. I know some are 4W drive but thought it was strange they don't mention them.  Are they available if you call the park? Also the website states the solitario sites are 2 w drive, but Gary Nored's site says they are 4 wheel drive to go over the rim. Was the road changed to change access? Great site by the way. Thanks for all the info.   

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Offline BlindWilly

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Re: Why are some campsites in BBRSP not on website?
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2018, 02:55:31 PM »
I have been checking campsites for 2wd truck accessibility and noticed there are some campsites not listed on the state park website. Some that seemed to be missing were McGuirks Tanks, Rincon 1 and 2 and Rancho Viejo and Los Alamos. I know some are 4W drive but thought it was strange they don't mention them.  Are they available if you call the park? Also the website states the solitario sites are 2 w drive, but Gary Nored's site says they are 4 wheel drive to go over the rim. Was the road changed to change access? Great site by the way. Thanks for all the info.   
I don't have answers to all your questions but I'll try one or two...
Tres Papalotes a few years ago was a rough road. Some spots you might have wanted to engage the 4x4. (I went late 2014)
Exactly 2 years later the road from Sauceda to Tres Papalotes was very well graded.  Almost so that i didn't recognize the road if it wasn't for landmarks I remembered.

I "THINK" that some camp sites have been added to the park and not all the sites have been updated on the website.
When I called the reservation line back in 2016, the folks at TPW call center seemed to have good info on the camp sites.
There is a downloadable booklet that has a lot of info on the campsites on the website as well

Hope that helps a bit. More knowledgeable folks will chime in, I'm sure.
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Offline Repoman73

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Re: Why are some campsites in BBRSP not on website?
« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2018, 08:12:29 AM »
I tried to reserve a spot out by the Contrabano area (Dome Loop) but couldn't do so.  I talked to the Rangers and was told that since those areas don't have outhouses, they won't allow someone to camp there unless you talk to the rangers first and they explain you can't cathole your waste.  I guess you have to pack it all in and out.  They said I could still camp there but I won't be able to reserve it in advance.

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Offline Ranger Tim

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Re: Why are some campsites in BBRSP not on website?
« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2018, 11:04:19 AM »
I'm not sure why McGuirks Tanks, Rincon 1 and 2 and Rancho Viejo and Los Alamos are not on the website, but permit me to follow up on that. All of those sites are still available and reservable. Generally I would refer to Gary's information in his campsite guide as being the most reliable in general. We did have some major maintenance on the Solitario Road in an effort to improve access to 2wd high clearance vehicles, but this time of year I would still advocate a 4x4 just because of the rain.

The West Contrabando campsites are a bit of a one off right now as we had hoped to have restrooms installed there by now. It is true that they cannot be reserved but can be used provided that a group agrees to NOT cathole and pack out all waste. While this is different from the other frontcountry campgrounds it is not different from the backcountry campsites. I would not be too surprised if the area was just converted to day-use until we can secure restroom facilities there.

If you ever have any questions about any specific campsites, please do not hesitate to call one of our ranger stations for more details.
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