Cheating in no reservation campgrounds?
Maybe my paranoia, or lack of faith in seeing ethical behavior in folks, is showing, but there seems to be something weird going on in the Zion Campground we are staying in.
It is a first come, first served, and is kind of hectic from 7:00am till about 11: when checkout is, which is very normal. What is abnormal is that we see a lot of vehicles coming in and pulling into a spot that already has a tag in place when they have not ever been her before, that we have seen, and the site is totally empty. Several were tagged for 2-3 days before tha people showed. We had been assuming that they got in really early before we were awake, and then left again, without setting anything up (really not likely for near 10 units in 2 days just by us, though). This morning, the same thing happened to 5 sites around us, with one of them being a very, very noisy Dodge diesel pickup which would have been impossible to not hear, sleeping or not. They pulled into a tagged spot, got out , and wandered around like they had never been there before, moving the truck around, etc.
It almost appears like ther is someone coming in very early and tagging all theses spots for later to arrive people. 3 groups showed up after dark last night for sites that were tagged and empty all day. They were all together, it appeared, and foreign tourists, so maybe a tour company did it for them?
If there is an underground "reservation" system going on, it sure puts the rest of us at a disadvantage to get a spot. Dozens of folks are turned away here every day, as it is full very early.
Has anyone heard of this going on, or noticed it?