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Old 12-13-2015, 06:41 AM   #15
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The comment about Florida making bigger and more parks because they could fill them up sounds good on the surface but besides the massive amounts of money it would take, which the state won't pony up, it is only in the fall and winter when the parks are full. Come on down to Fl. in the summer time and you can find plenty of spaces at almost every state park.
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I was at Lake Pueblo State Park this fall (Pueblo, CO). They have a huge number of campsites. However; the majority of them were closed. There are several "areas". One area was for tent camping and small rigs, all the sites were open. The area on the north-west side was partially open. Fifteen sites were open, approximately 170 sites were closed. I checked, the water and electric was on at the closed sites. I'm sure there are issues that I know nothing about (closing down for the winter, low staff, etc.) but I was unable to stay as all the sites were reserved. Frustrating. Here is a photo of a section of all the closed sites.

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Old 12-13-2015, 09:57 AM   #17
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There are some state campgrounds here in Florida (on the beach) that I would love to go to but some are booked until next fall for a stay of any length at all. What do these campgrounds do when someone with reservations do not show up. Are they made available.
I have been able to get 6 month to last minute sites in Florida state parks on the beach by checking every day for cancellations.

I got two weeks at Long Key about three months in advance because someone cancelled. While at Long Key, someone cancelled 5 days at Bahia Honda in a huge waterfront site. I snapped it up and cancelled those 5 days at Long Key while I was there.

I got two weeks in Gamble Rogers (beachfront) coming up in January because someone else cancelled their two weeks there back in August.

People will sometimes book two weeks to capture two weekends then, at a later date, cancel Sunday-Thursday. I try to pick up what I can where I can then go back and watch for the cancellations. Often, I can spend 5 days beachfront, then two nights elsewhere in the campground, then go back to beachfront for five more days. The more flexible you are, the easier it is to find sites.

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I was at Lake Pueblo State Park this fall (Pueblo, CO). They have a huge number of campsites. However; the majority of them were closed. There are several "areas". One area was for tent camping and small rigs, all the sites were open. The area on the north-west side was partially open. Fifteen sites were open, approximately 170 sites were closed. I checked, the water and electric was on at the closed sites. I'm sure there are issues that I know nothing about (closing down for the winter, low staff, etc.) but I was unable to stay as all the sites were reserved. Frustrating. Here is a photo of a section of all the closed sites.

If you were there in winter or perhaps around Sept or Oct, parks need to winterize the water sites. That's one idea. If it was during the warm season, the dry sites could be closed down and just the electric sites open for air conditioning use. Lack of staff is another reason for shutting down loops. The park doesn't want campers scattered necessitating keeping all the restrooms open. They'll only want to clean one or two!
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Thanks to all for the information
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I got reservations last month for a spot in Quartzsite Az. for Jan-March. They have a ten year rule but mine pasted with Pictures and is 33 years old. Can't wait,
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I cannot believe that any park in Quartzsite has a 10-year rule!! The parks are all parking lots, essentially - not resorts.

Have fun...we've been there often...boondocking out there some place.
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If you were there in winter or perhaps around Sept or Oct, parks need to winterize the water sites. That's one idea. If it was during the warm season, the dry sites could be closed down and just the electric sites open for air conditioning use. Lack of staff is another reason for shutting down loops. The park doesn't want campers scattered necessitating keeping all the restrooms open. They'll only want to clean one or two!
As I said, I understand those reasons. Still, not opening enough of the sites to accommodate the demand is confusing to me. Of course, it is a government entity and I understand VERY, VERY little when it comes to that gorilla.
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