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October 29, 2013
Not a happy camper

Towards the end of September, we drove up Settlement Canyon to check on availability of a campsite for Oct. 25 and 26. We were told there were four spots left, but one of them was not usable. We reserved #3. I did not have the cash on me at the time but was told not to worry about it; I could pay when we came up, which we had done in the past and was told to leave a phone number just in case I needed to come up and pay earlier. They would call.

We were looking forward to a couple of days away from it all, so we went ahead and got fuel, propane, food and firewood we would not use anywhere else this year. On Oct. 24 we started loading up the RV. On Oct. 25 we hooked up the RV and headed for the canyon around 12:30 p.m. or so. We pulled up by the gate. I got out excited to get parked and was told we had no reservation. I was shocked as we looked in the book to see my name had been lightly erased and the party a few spaces above us had a line from their name down through mine. We were told they were sorry but there was no space for us!

My question is this: Does the person at the gate have the authority to just remove and replace names for reservations at will? If taking my phone number so I could be contacted if there was a change was just to make me feel I had nothing to worry about, well thanks. I called the parks and recreation office from the Settlement Canyon gate around 1 p.m. and got a message someone would get back with me. I called again around 4:30 p.m., got the same message, but no one has made contact with me yet!

I just wanted Tooele County Parks and Recreation to know I am not a happy camper!

Steve VanVleet


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