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How do the campsites work?

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Offline BigBender

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How do the campsites work?
« on: October 09, 2011, 04:35:22 PM »
Can anybody tell me how you get campsites in the Chisos? do you need to reserve them, or are they first come, first serve?

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Re: How do the campsites work?
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2011, 05:28:09 PM »
Can anybody tell me how you get campsites in the Chisos? do you need to reserve them, or are they first come, first serve?

There are 60 some sites in the Basin and about 20 some are reservable. All the rest are first-come first-serve

"Limited campsites at Rio Grande Village and Chisos Basin campgrounds are reservable between November 15 and April 15 each year. Reservations may be made up to 180 days in advance. Reservations are not accepted less than four days in advance. Reservations are not taken between mid-April and mid-November as campgrounds rarely fill during this time of year."

Reservations here:

http://www.recreation.gov/

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Re: How do the campsites work?
« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2011, 07:13:11 PM »
I'm sorry, more specifically,  the campsites up on the mountains, like the SW, SE and NE campsites. I can't seem to find those, or are they already reserved?

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Re: How do the campsites work?
« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2011, 07:24:59 PM »
The designated campsites in the High Chisos are available on a first come first serve basis from one of the Visitor Centers. Thus you reserve the desired site in person within 24-hrs of use.

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Re: How do the campsites work?
« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2011, 07:35:13 PM »

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Re: How do the campsites work?
« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2011, 09:48:28 PM »
 Thanks to everybody that replied,

I thought that was the case but I was reading a hiking story where the guy said he had SW1 reserved, so I thought I would ask the experts.

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Re: How do the campsites work?
« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2011, 09:59:10 PM »
I thought that was the case but I was reading a hiking story where the guy said he had SW1 reserved, so I thought I would ask the experts.
They can be reserved, but not in advance like the campground sites. I'm guessing the guy meant to say he had it reserved as part of his backcountry permit itinerary.  On a side note, SW1 was removed as a campsite several years ago.

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Re: How do the campsites work?
« Reply #7 on: October 10, 2011, 06:06:49 AM »
Thanks to everybody that replied,

I thought that was the case but I was reading a hiking story where the guy said he had SW1 reserved, so I thought I would ask the experts.

I originally thought you meant the Basin campground sites which BK answered for you.  Now I see you meant backcountry sites in the Chisos.  It is first come first serve.  You have to get a backcountry permit from one of the Visitor centers and they can only be issued 24 hours in advance for up to 14 nights into the future, no matter where you are planning on going or staying.  At that time you reserve the site(s) of your choice in the Chisos (or backcountry zone or roadside site).  Be prepared with alternate sites in case the one you really want is already taken.

The only other "backcountry" sites you can reserve are the roadside campsites, everything else is just open zone camping.  Same process and 24 hour requirement for the permit.
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Re: How do the campsites work?
« Reply #8 on: October 10, 2011, 02:48:31 PM »
Don't forget the $10 permit fee.

Our last trip combined roadside backcountry sites and zone sites and we had these all on one permit.

 


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