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Old 03-18-2014, 01:03 PM   #1
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Big Bend National Park

Shane Rominger and I will be making our annual Big Bend trip in April (Easter weekend). There have been several requests from folks who want to go with us. The details are as follows. We will meet and wheel on Friday, 4/18. We plan on targeting three specific trails in the national park. We will do Old Ore Road, Glen Springs Road, and River Road. Though this may not seem like much, the shortest of the three is about 20 miles long and takes nearly 5 hours to complete depending on stops and breaks. River Road is over 60 miles and requires a full day. When and how we run these trails will depend on attendance and interest and will be decided just before the event. Dagger Flats is a fun little trail and can be included in the Old Ore Road trail

Shane and I plan on wheeling in the Big Bend Ranch State park on Monday, 4/21. For those of you who have not heard of or visited the state park, it is the most primitive park in the state of Texas. You will have to bring sufficient food, gas and supplies to last the entire time you are there. The road leading to the park is about 27 miles long before you reach the ranger station, and I use the word road loosely. It's actually a dirt road that gets worse as you get further in. It takes over an hour to get to the ranger station once you leave the pavement.

Every trail in the park is unmaintained, high clearance 4X4 trails. Shane and I have been twice. Once for a day visit and the last time we stayed 4 days. It was a blast and we only saw a fraction of the park. It will take numerous visits to see the majority of the park. There are few accommodations in the park. There is a visitors center which sells shirts, stickers, and such. There are also showers at the ranger station. They do provide ice asking only for donations. There are plenty of primitive campsites though out the park.

If for some reason you do forget something, Presidio is the nearest town with supplies and is probably a 4 hours round trip.

If you are interested in going, contact Shane or myself. You have a 4 month lead time so plan accordingly.

Wheeling Big Bend National Park 4/18, 4/10 & 4/20. Running Old Ore Road trail, Glen Springs trail, and River Road. Big Bend State Park 4/21, 4/22/ 4/23.

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Do you think a stock JK 4-dr Rubicon would do okay in the STATE Park? Thanks

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Old 03-20-2014, 12:27 PM   #3
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A stock Rubi should have no problems. Jeeps are capable of much more than most people realize - especially Rubi's.
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Where do you stay? Any special equipment you need to take? Do you need extra gas, or is it available in the park?
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Old 04-07-2014, 09:29 AM   #5
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If you are camping, Rio Grande campground in the park is good. Also the Lodge at the basin is a resort type hotel. Most of us stay at motels in Terlingua. Gas is available in the park. The only thing you need to bring is your Jeep and liquids to drink.
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Old 04-26-2014, 05:42 PM   #6
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Gas price for 87 octane is currently $4.15 a gallon. The closest place that's about 50˘ cheaper is Alpine. Study Butte is only a few cents less as is Marathon.

I just posted in the other Big Bend thread, but if anyone wants//needs current park info, shoot me a PM. If you're down this way I'd be happy to meet up if I'm free.
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Do you think a stock JK 4-dr Rubicon would do okay in the STATE Park? Thanks
Here's a guide on the state park roads...

http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publicat...4501_0152k.pdf

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