Changes coming to “The WALL”
During our stay on the Buffalo Gap National Grasslands aka Nomadic View or The Wall on two of the days we counted over 130 of our closest friends taking in the views with us. There is a lot of space up there so 130 seems like a big number but it does start getting closer than what you typically desire while boondocking.
While speaking to the Ranger for the area we learned that this will no longer be the case going forward. At the time of our stay it was proposed that the fall of 2023 would bring changes to how you choose your spot. Currently you can drive up and pick the best view or maybe the most open spot and call it yours for the duration of the stay. You will still be able to pick a spot but now they are going to have designated defined spots to camp in.
Having defined spots will bring the times like we saw exceeding 130 campers on the land to a mere 70 defined spots where you will be able to park your camper and one vehicle. This might not be a popular decision however we were told that the decision was necessary due to the amount of people using the land and the need to control and protect it going forward.
Having the defined spots might actually work better for us dry campers that like some space. Although most of us understand how to choose a spot and respect your neighbors we did see several areas where somebody parked extremely close to another camp and we have a few closer than desired friends as well.
At the time of this writing I verified with the Ranger of the area that the proposed plan was still moving forward. I was told that currently up on the wall there are poles stuck in the ground to start the process however they are not currently enforcing any change. I spoke to a friend who had recently stayed on the Wall and he stated he saw the poles but didnt know what they were for.
What do you think of this change? Will this be a positive change for both the land and us dry campers on our next visit?