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Old 06-12-2016   #1
Loveland, Colorado
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Ruby Horesthief permits?

So this is the first time I have tried to get a RH permit now that permits are required. I found the site very unfriendly. I was hoping to do a 3 night trip. Taking it slow with the kiddos. Is it really $56.00 per night or do you pay once for the permit? Do you have to reserve each campsite individually. I tried contacting the customer assistance number and despite being "caller #2" I sat on hold for 18 mins an 3 secs before I had to hang up. I'd appreciate any input advice. Thanks.

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Old 06-12-2016   #2
Grand Junction, Colorado
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Looks pretty straightforward on the website. The $6 is a one time fee and the nightly rate depends on your group size.

The good news is any more than 2 nights on RH is too many. If you do it right and get an early start that's still 1 full day and 2 3/4 days. I think this is their first season using but you should be able to see which sites are already taken and just submit the ones you want.

I would be willing to bet the customer service is M-F and even if it says it isn't you will have better luck tomorrow.

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Old 06-12-2016   #3
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Sad to say it is per night.
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Old 06-13-2016   #4
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Originally Posted by cschmidt1023 View Post

The good news is any more than 2 nights on RH is too many.

I'd have to disagree. A layover day is a great way to enjoy this section. makes it difficult to do this. I was very much in favor of going to an online system, but some tweaks to their process should happen.

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Old 06-14-2016   #5
Loveland, Colorado
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Granted RH is not a whitewater rafters dream, but it is beautiful and it is a great place to start the kids out adventuring on a desert river. Why give me a hard time if I want to spend three nights enjoying the place with my kids?

My point was- the website is not very intuitive. After you have used it a few times it probably gets better. It is very difficult to look at availability of campsites over a week to plan an extended trip. Also I was really surprised by the cost. I am totally on board with $56 per trip, but $56 per night does seem excessive. I just wanted to see if that was others experience as well, or if I had somehow signed up wrong and was paying three times too much.
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Old 06-14-2016   #6
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If you make the reservation for three nights at once, I think it's $50 per night and you get charged the $6 fee just once. Yeah $156 is a lot for three nights on the river, unless you have a big group to split the cost with. If you aren't going over the weekend you can make the reservation for all three nights at once. The weekend spots are taken quickly and probably need to be booked separately as they become available.

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This will describe the campsites rather than having to do research for each site. Hope that helps!

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