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BBNP website states park is open 24/7, but no permits will be issued. What to expect on the primitive drive up sites like Croton Springs? What would an experienced backpacker expect in the Chisos Mountains?
If they're not issuing permits reckon they're not issuing citations?
OH CRAP. My schedule accidentally opened up for a half-week in the Bend after Xmas. You don't mean to tell me that I can get cited if I go into the backcountry?DANGit. Does anyone know for sure about all of this?
Question (from logic and reason, not from federalism): what about entry fees as a parallel? They cannot say the place is open, let you in, and then zap you for not having taped-on window proof that you paid to get in (if they open again before you leave). All you'd have to do is pay-u when they opened up. Wouldn't backcountry permits be the same? If they are not open enough to give you a permit, will they be open enough to cite you for not having a permit? Couldn't you just pay-up if they open back up before you leave?Nobody really knows these answers, do they?
I figure border issues vs backcountry camping would be more of a concern w/ the gov. shutdown. Can't see LEO at the South Rim requiring you to break camp since you don't have a permit. It's been my experience that backpackers are predominately a responsible leave no trace group. Seriously doubt a citation would be issued even at the primitive sites.
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