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Old 2 Weeks Ago   #1
 
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Buena Vista Camping for the 4th

I'm headed to Buena Vista for the weekend and did not realize that some (all?) of the Arkansas headwater campsites that I've stayed at in the past are now reservable online... and predictably already taken.

I'm having trouble figuring out which spots are considered part of the AHRA and which are still considered undeveloped. Any suggestions for a spot to camp that is relatively close to BV and big enough that we have a chance of finding a spot for the weekend?

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rafting companies might have tent spaces available, and maybe some cancelations at campground due to high water
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Lol. Good luck with that! BV is so damn busy all summer any more. If you want to get a dispersed camping site anywhere near BV for Independence Day weekend I would suggest arriving today or tomorrow. Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING will be full this weekend....

That said, only the developed campgrounds within the AHRA require a reservation. Options for dispersed camping include Stone Cabin, Rapid #4, Rapid #5.5, Rapid #6, Elephant Rock, Tunnel View, Turtle Rock and all of Fourmile Recreation Area. There is also dispersed camping available above Cottonwood Lake and in multiple spots along the Cottonwood Pass road, also up North Cottonwood.
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Cool, thanks for the clarification. Totally prepared for it to be a zoo, just hoping to find some dirt to park the truck on.

Happy 4th!
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https://goo.gl/maps/ufL7u77DMjTjJq9dA

This road leads to some great camping spots. Worth checking out to see if anything is open.
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Check out the folks at RMOC in Nathrop, we stayed there a few weeks back on a sweet riverside camp site!
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https://goo.gl/maps/ufL7u77DMjTjJq9dA

This road leads to some great camping spots. Worth checking out to see if anything is open.
This area is referred to as "Tunnel View". Really cool spot. The AHRA went in earlier this summer and blocked some of the overflow sites and designated sites because the resource was being overused.... but a great option if anything is open.

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Check out the folks at RMOC in Nathrop, we stayed there a few weeks back on a sweet riverside camp site!
This is quality advice. I would maybe even give them a call and see if you can reserve a spot. It's going to be more tent oriented than truck camping, but I bet they can accommodate you.
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I am familiar with the "Tunnel View" road.

Is there any advice on how you determine if land is open for camping if all the normal free sites are blocked off.

Thanks for the information.

Also what bridge crossing the ARK below Salida, gets you across the river to the BLM land that I have seen folks camping as I drove up and down that area of the river.
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I stayed a the "Tunnel View" site last weekend. It's changed as noted above. All the sites are now numbered, and there aren't very many of them. We were there Sunday night and I think every site was taken. So if you're reading this, I'm certain you're too late for this weekend.

Earlier this year it was all dispersed camping, so there were *many* more potential places to park or camp. No more. Also, all sites in the ARHA that don't have facilities require that you have a fully contained toilet system and a fire pan.
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Don't let the AHRA tell you where to America on the 4th. That organization continues to make the Ark less enjoyable. If they turn one more public access into a paid launch, I'm done giving them money.
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