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    RiveroftheWest, IowaPopulist

    the feds issuing permits to exotic places, like The Wave, even Paria, Buckskin, Coyote, and so on, are overwhelmed with foreign tourist requests. They are hitting the Soutwest in mega droves, which, of course, is good for the economy, but some of these folks load up the throngs, especially the motorcycle and RV clubs. Ergo, from April thru October there appears to be a steady string of emigrant tourista types competing for the open spaces. From November thru March the chances are better for so-called locals (meaning from within our borders). Can't blame outside folks for wanting to see and enjoy the world's best topographical features, the peerless Colorado Plateau country. But IntheOutdoors comments about hanging loose with one's itin makes sense. I know people who go to the Grand Canyon and want to stay down at the bottom, Phantom Ranch, either hiking or riding the mule, and of course Xanterra recommends booking such trips one to two years out; same as the NPS recommends for backpacking into campgrounds during the high tourist season. And guess what? Those folks check back at the end of the day, or the next, and lo and behold a cancellation opens up. Truly, it's the early bird who gets the bed or tent area. Moral of the story? You may have to be flexible here and there, so have a back-up plan might just get you want you want on any given day. I'm thinking.

    Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

    by richholtzin on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 12:05:33 PM PDT

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