Originally Posted by canoedog87c
I've noticed something very irritating when trying to reserve campsites on the Ruby Horsethief. I log into my account on Recreation.gov at the crack of dawn the day sites are supposed to be reservable and often the best sites are gone before they are even available for the public to reserve them. I'm sure it's outfitters that are getting the sites. If so why do the outfitters get to reserve the best sites before the public even has a chance? It's very frustrating and it happens time and again. Good luck getting Cottonwood 5 or Black Rocks 5. As of this moment I am on the Recreation.gov site and trying to reserve a site at Black Rocks. When I click on a date and add it to the itinerary it get a notification that this site can't be added to the itinerary until 10am EDT. BUT, several other sites (including the best ones) are already gone. What is going on? And who do I call to complain to?
There's definitely something strange going on here. It's almost like the BR sites are non-reservable, ever. I figured out that the 60-day rolling window only applies to the FIRST night of your trip, and you can book subsequent nights outside of the 60-day window. So, people must be reserving an earlier site as soon as possible as a "placeholder" of sorts, then adding BR sites to their second/third days.
Check this out (first column is 8/3, today is first day for availability):
You can see I picked a site before BR for 8/3, then tried to work my way down to a BR availability. Absolutely nothing, well into the next week.
There's something fishy going on here. Someone's not playing by the rules, or some groups are given a different set of rules than the rest of us...