A 30 year old 10 foot trailer that looked on the verge of collapse was pulled by an older Nissan Pathfinder. This getup was followed by an equally old and beat up Toyota sedan. They had just been permanently removed from BLM land and were looking for a place to land. They chose campsite number 5 in RMP in mid-summer of 2009. In the spring of 2010 they had moved a couple times and were in campsite number 9 in late May. The posted limit for camping is 14 days so they moved to site 29 after 14 days in site 9. This was the agreement reached between them and the parks director.
The campsite they occupied was an eyesore. There were about a dozen 2 liter bottles of brewing homemade dandelion wine neatly lined in back of the trailer. Next to the door was a small barrel dressed in overalls that served as their trash can. And 7 cats roamed the site. The Toyota sedan had to be parked on a slope so they could push start the car. Egg cartons of seed starts lined the picnic table. A large stack of wood was heaped next to the fire ring. While friendly and harmless, they had worn out their welcome in the park.
Within the first week of being camp hosts at RMP we received feedback from four different parties. No one complained outright, but some expressed annoyance and others expressed discomfort at their presence. They would arrive in a campsite of weekenders and not leave making for an awkward situation. On our first visit with the parks director we asked what the policy was for the 14 day limit and provided our 3rd hand information on their behavior.
During our second conversation with the parks director and a police officer we obtained a copy of the park regulations. Within the regulations it clearly states that the camping is for recreational purposes only and that camping is only for 14 days within a 30 day period. Bingo. We had ammunition to ask the residents in site 29 to leave the park and were given the go ahead.
We dreaded the conversation as they regularly enjoyed their homemade brew and could be a bit belligerent. On our first attempt they had a friend visiting in an adjoining site and we did not want to have the conversation with an audience. We waited another day and a half and caught them at the site in the morning. It was an easy conversation and they took it very well. We provided them with a copy of the regulations in support of our request for them to leave. At 2:30 the next day we watched them drive out of the park leaving behind a clean camp site. As with any user, they are welcome back to camp for another 14 days, but cannot return until July. We believe there is about a 50/50 chance they will return.