SchralpTheGnar wrote: ↑
Thu Apr 01, 2021 9:23 am
If you’re heading up to the area to disperse camp and those spots are full, what are the backup options in the area?
I’ve never bothered with disperses camping with the family, we don’t go camping unless we have a reservation at a campground and those are getting harder to get than red rocks tickets.
Good question, I wonder as well. My backup plan last time was to try Brush Crk, backtrack to Cement Creek (although would also be as tough), and then tuck tail back to Taylor Park or Gunnison.
Sometimes I check out availability of private campgrounds as a possible backup, which I generally avoid although sometimes have been pleasantly surprised.
And always, when in an area, I keep an eye out for potential future spots and note how it looks on a weekend.
I dread* (in a relative sense within this topic) things ever getting so tough that we end up in a hotel (the ultimate backup) and I spend the weekend as Angry Dad (also in a relative sense).
I'm also going to avoid the 'whataboutism' for the larger context, as it is valid and useful to solve individual problems circumscribed within a more limited realm. In the case of camping, as you brought up with scarce availability of reservations, one change I'd like to see is more flexible cancellation when feasible. For CO State Parks, for example, canceling within 2 weeks costs the first night. If plans change, or if someone reserves it but finds something better, there's no incentive to canceling a single night. So there are unused spots. I also understand some parks are harder than others to update the reservations regularly, so I'll step back to suggest that, given increased usage and improved technology, they should work at metrics for decreasing unused spots/increasing total usage of available spots, and decreasing the cancellation window required to maintain those objectives.