The honor sign-up system on RH has not worked, period, for the reasons that have been sited here and more. The event described to start this strand is illustrative. The people conflicts, impacts on the land and wildlife have brought the situation to the point where it must be managed better by the BLM. I've watched this develop on this section over many years and it continues to deteriorate.
Some of us remember the river road to Moab situation years back, where open camping was allowed and there were few developed sites. As use in the area increased, there was literally shit, paper, and urine smell behind every tree at every pull-out site. Finally, the BLM quit dancing around the problem and addressed it, closing areas, developing more fee-based sites, and increasing enforcement.It's a better experience.
I'm for the full-week permits, plus we should pay per person per day. However, with the fees we should also have more ranger presence and enforcement. Let's face it there is a percentage of the population that has little to no respect for the land or others' rights. We pay permit fees and daily use/impact fees on several multi-day river sections and there's benefit.
One last thing. Let's improve the respect factor on these strands, especially to women. Cheers!