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High Chisos Campsites - How strict are the # of tents per site designations?

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Offline srfdntchk

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Hi All,

I'm planning to backpack the South Rim with a couple of buddies on March 25-27. The basic plan is to start up Laguna Meadows and camp at SW3 on night 1, then maybe camp at one of the Pinnacle or Juniper sites on night 2. We're trying to come up with alternate sites if our first choices don't pan out, but it seems that the vast majority of campsites have 2 tent maximums, ie -  max 4 or 6 people and 2 tents. Well, we're 3 guys and 3 tents, albeit very small tents. Are we going to run into issues with this?

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Offline tbone

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"Don't ask, don't tell."

They probably care more about how many people rather than tents. If it were me, I'd say only two tents if they were to ask. If the weather is nice, leave the tents in the car and sleep under the stars.

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Offline elhombre

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I think your missing out on a special opportunity.   True friends live by the creed "What happens in the desert, stays in the desert......"

Rangers will come into your camp to check for things like hammocks tied to trees, food left out of bear boxes, and yes, number of tents.  I would simply not set up the 3rd tent until it is getting dark.  Then take it down in the morning.  They walk around in the daylight.  Generally, they send a volunteer around half the time to look around for them.   Then he will radio down that something terrible is going on, and they send up a real ranger.  Or, he takes a picture, and they send you a ticket in the mail.

Ask them a stupid question like " If one of us gets hurt up there, how long will it be until a ranger might come by that could help us?"

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Offline Casa Grande

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I think your missing out on a special opportunity.   True friends live by the creed "What happens in the desert, stays in the desert......"

Rangers will come into your camp to check for things like hammocks tied to trees, food left out of bear boxes, and yes, number of tents.  I would simply not set up the 3rd tent until it is getting dark.  Then take it down in the morning.  They walk around in the daylight.  Generally, they send a volunteer around half the time to look around for them.   Then he will radio down that something terrible is going on, and they send up a real ranger.  Or, he takes a picture, and they send you a ticket in the mail.

Ask them a stupid question like " If one of us gets hurt up there, how long will it be until a ranger might come by that could help us?"

Sad, but true.


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Offline Casa Grande

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Seriously, though.....some campsites just don't have a lot of room to set up a lot of tents without straying offsite.


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Offline srfdntchk

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Thanks for the input guys. We're gonna go with "Don't ask, don't tell" and hope for the best. We all have tents with very small footprints and we're shooting for larger campsites.

Thanks!

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Offline dprather

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"Don't ask, don't tell."

They probably care more about how many people rather than tents.

My experience precisely.  I've been permitted into sites based on the number of people and not on the number of one-man tents.
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Offline Homer Wilson

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I've done three one man tents at sw and juniper. Don't sweat it.

 


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