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To confirm, you can only make reservations through el campo 24 hours in advance?Couldn't see that in writing (I'm blind sometimes), but that seems what the reservations afford. Needless to say, I've never used ec.
El Campo is not a reservation system, it is a "get a head start on filling out the paperwork" system. The idea is you can get the form filled out ahead of time so when you arrive at the backcountry office they can pull it up on their computers (if you remember your ID number) and everyone can save time by having the information all filled out ahead of time. You don't have to use it, and using it or not using it has zero effect on your ability to get a permit. You can only submit the form after midnight the day you plan to visit the backcountry office in person, because at the stroke of midnight (or so I'm told) the system clears everything out and starts over for the next day. That's what I know about it, or think I know anyway.
And you don't even get 24 hours, as the system is cleared of the previous day's worksheets at midnight.
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