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A couple of Questions about Zone Camping

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Offline bam.bam

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A couple of Questions about Zone Camping
« on: November 17, 2015, 08:01:21 PM »
I know I could ask the rangers but putting questions here helps others learn.  A couple of questions, any knowledge you would like to share will be appreciated.
1....Does zone camping ever "fill up"  as in turning you away. I'm retired so I do not have to use holiday periods in which some people have to use that time as they are off at work. In non holiday times, do the Zone areas fill to capacity. When I add up all of the capacities on the map, it looks like there could be 1000 plus campers.
2....I f I ask for an area in lets say E01 and it has availability, can I unload my motorcycle at Panther Junction and if Old Ore Rd was in this Zone, can I just pull over and camp a 1/2 mile off road and not  close to land marks and others, etc. ....Is that how this works.
3.....Can I leave the SUV and trailer in the parking lot at Panther Junction for a couple of nights...... .... I may stick with back country primitive camping but I am thinking this could be a backup plan should the primitive camping spots be few. I also think it would be a little more fun camping out off of the beaten path of the primitive campsite areas.... I.e. some more interesting areas to pitch your base camp...Plus it could add to the fun meter keeping an eye out for new potential camp areas when your out and about.......appreci ate any insight from the experienced benders..... thanks  team......HOW ABOUT  them Texans last night....!!!


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Re: A couple of Questions about Zone Camping
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2015, 07:12:33 AM »
1.) They can fill up but it is very unusual and only during spring break and holidays and then it would be the zones along the OML (CO3-5) and the Mule Ears zone (SO1).  Here is the zone map with the limits.

2.) Yes as long as your bike or car is off the road and not out in the desert.  Sometimes hard to find a place to pull off the road.

3.) Don't know that answer, would have to ask the rangers if you can leave it at PJ. They may have another parking area.
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Re: A couple of Questions about Zone Camping
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2015, 08:14:56 AM »
Thanks  M  E....

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Re: A couple of Questions about Zone Camping
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2015, 08:24:21 AM »
We have done the car camping zone thing a few times now.  We find a spot where we live out of the car (eat, hang out), then when it's time to go to sleep, we walk out to our tent that is out of sight.  It is a great option when the park is getting full.   Think of places like Cattail Parking lot, Lunas Jacal parking lot, River road west, or even Juniper trail head.  I have seen a couple do this off Ward Spring trail too. As long as your tent is out of sight.....

Those rangers sure seem to get their panties in a wad when it comes to parking over night at Panther but I have never asked to do it either.  Plenty of people have gotten tickets parking and sleeping there while waiting for the office to open.  There is plenty of space on Glenn springs road right off pavement.  I have left my car parked in the gravel stream beds a few nights before where the road crosses them.

They will know your car is there.  The "Volunteers" drive around and record your parked car's license plate and location.  They even get out and look inside.
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Re: A couple of Questions about Zone Camping
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2015, 12:31:25 PM »
Thank  you elhombre

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Re: A couple of Questions about Zone Camping
« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2015, 06:00:02 PM »
You know, about one hundred bladed access roads off of the existing roads, lets say 12' wide by quarter mile long with 2000 sqft camp area would only be about 40 acres of almost a million.  I know this sounds close to primitive  campsites,   but just more of them proportional across the park.. no landscape timbers, bear box required.   Just more places to park vehicle and stay at vehicle to keep an eye on things, Who wants to leave vehicle 1/2 mile out of site when camping.. just my thoughts

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Re: A couple of Questions about Zone Camping
« Reply #6 on: November 23, 2015, 02:30:36 PM »
You know, about one hundred bladed access roads off of the existing roads, lets say 12' wide by quarter mile long with 2000 sqft camp area would only be about 40 acres of almost a million.  I know this sounds close to primitive  campsites,   but just more of them proportional across the park.. no landscape timbers, bear box required.   Just more places to park vehicle and stay at vehicle to keep an eye on things, Who wants to leave vehicle 1/2 mile out of site when camping.. just my thoughts

Bam.bam,

I left my car parked at Elephant Tusk trailhead and hiked in to ET.  No one bothered w/ the car (other than the note from the folks who had reserved ET road side camping, "Why are you parked here?!!!").

The only time I've uncomfortable in the park was when I camped down close to the river.  That was a little spooky, but it was my first time "that far out" and I had my teenage daughter with me.  Needless to say, Dad didn't get much sleep that night.

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Re: A couple of Questions about Zone Camping
« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2015, 03:09:13 PM »
Thanks Jalco.........I'll stay away from the border and leave nothing inside....

 


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