The wife and I were driving I-70 late one night and itr was about 1:30 AM and we were tired. So we thought: "Hey we will just camo at the Westwater takeout. So we pulled down the road and began unloading our Paco Pads to crash on the ground. Then a drunk old guy walked up with a headlamp on and began rambling about our Nice Stuff and being generally creepy. He was milling about not leaving us alone. A couple minutes into it I noticed a pistol tucked into the left side of his pants with an unbuttoned jacket just covering it up. My adrenaline started pumping but I knew the guy was slow and drunk, and I am fast. So I decided to not say anything unless he went for the gun. A minute or two later he dropped his left hand and started to pull back his coat flap. I lunged over to him and grabbed the gun out of his pants just as his hand was hitting it. Needless to say some serious shouting and ranting ensued. I told him we would give it back in the morning. We started to lay down. He thought he had turned his headlamp "off" but he had turned it to "blink". We watched as a blinking light climbed the hill behind us and started to come down on our camp from above. We jumped in the car and sped down the road for a new campsite. Ended up chucking the gun out the right side of the car on the dirt road down to the takeout. It's probably still there.
Put Ins are some of my favorite campsites but there are sketchy people out there.
That place is a crime scene waiting to happen. I even heard criminal's will not go there after sundown. I rather get caught in the Room Of Doom without a life jacket than spend the night there. But yes it is ok to camp there. Have fun.Thinking of camping at Cisco - arriving late in the evening, and then driving to the Westy put-in the next morning, so that our shuttle is already run. Is this allowed?