I've been camping as long as I can remember & ran across something last week that I've never seen before - on a large scale anyway. Me & a buddy took a couple pushbikes & camping gear and headed up into the hills northeast of Steamboat. It took us quite a while to find a spot even on a Wednesday. We thought it was kinda odd that all the spots were taken during the week. Then we started noticing a trend. There was a tent up at each site and typically a couple chairs but no signs of life. Some of them looked like they'd been vacant for weeks or longer. As we rode over the next couple of days we found even more. I'd say 95% of the dispersed camping spots were taken this way. We finally found a spot and noticed after moving in that there was another spot behind us about 200 yards where someone else was set up. A night came & went and no peek from that campsite although there was a tent & chairs there. That night as we were cooking dinner a car pulled back to the site, stayed for maybe 15 minutes, then left. But not before stopping by the road to put out little red flags - apparently so their friends could get to 'their place'. So what gives with this crap? Are these folks hogging the sites all Summer? Is this accepted practice in this forest (Routt)? I've just never encountered it before & it doesn't seem legal. It certainly seems shifty. What say you FFs?