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Memorial Day Weekend Permit Availability

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Offline TxAg15

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Memorial Day Weekend Permit Availability
« on: May 18, 2018, 09:58:30 AM »
Hey everyone. Trying to plan out my 3rd backpacking trip to Big Bend and wanting to get a feel for how busy things are Memorial Day weekend. If I arrive mid-morning on Friday, what are my chances of getting a backcountry site in the Chisos for Friday and/or Saturday night? Is it worth trying to make it to Fort Stockton or something closer to the park on Thursday night so I can get there first thing Friday morning? Obviously this kind of stuff is a guess game, I'm just trying to feel out probabilities as I've never tried to get a permit on a holiday weekend like this. Banking on the heat to keep large numbers out of the backcountry...

Thanks!

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Offline elhombre

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Re: Memorial Day Weekend Permit Availability
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2018, 02:10:45 PM »
I looked at the park alerts and they don't mention anything about many of the Chisos backpacking sites being closed due to dry weather.  If they are still closed, then the numbers say you need to get there early.  I would think Friday early is a good bet on getting something if the closures are in effect.  If they aren't any longer, I would say your golden.

I think you may have it backwards.  I would be betting that the heat will drive all backpackers into the Chisos because anywhere else is too dang HOT.  The Chisos are great for summer backpacking.  But I won't tell anybody....... :eusa_shhh:
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Re: Memorial Day Weekend Permit Availability
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2018, 05:09:02 PM »
Ahh. Good point re: heat driving people into the mountains. Thanks. I'll try to confirm whether the lower sites are open and base my arrival time decision on that, more or less.

 


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