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Old 12-15-2013, 07:15 AM   #1
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Big Bend.... worth the drive?

Hey everyone. I was just wondering if Big Bend's trails are worth the drive down from Killeen/Ft Hood. I'm wanting to do some sort of trip in the Jeep when I get back from Afghanistan. I was thinking this might be a fun place to check out. Who's been?

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Old 12-15-2013, 08:11 AM   #2
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Absolutely. YES.

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. Travel to the national park and wheeling on Friday, 4/18. Plan on targeting three specific trails, Old Ore Road, Glen Springs Road, and River Road. Though this may not seem like much, the shortest road out 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 is an all day event. It will take two full days to complete these trails. When and how we run these trails will depend on attendance and interest and be decided just before the event. Dagger Flats is a fun little trail and can be included in the Old Ore Road trail.

On Monday, 4/21 we will start wheeling in the state park. For those who have not heard or visited the state park, it is the most primitive park in Texas. You will have to bring sufficient food, gas and supplies to last the entire time you are there. The road leading to the entrance of the park is about 27 miles long, and I use the term road loosely. It is 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 that sells shirts, stickers and such. There are showers located there as well. They do provide ice asking only for donations. There are plenty of primitive camping sites. If for some reason you forget something, the nearest town is Presidio and is a 4 hour round trip.

Anyone who want to join this adventure, please feel free to contact me. You have a 4 month lead time.

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Old 12-15-2013, 10:31 AM   #3
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Hmm... This sounds extremely tempting and I think I'll even be on leave during that time. I've done practically all that hidden falls has to offer with a stock jeep on 31's. If i dont get my mods before this trip, should i have any problems? The videos i saw didn't look like there were many challenging sections. I'm looking at tubes, 33's, and a tummy tuck when I get back.
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Old 12-15-2013, 05:10 PM   #4
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A stock Jeep will do the National Park without difficulty. The state park is more challenging, but there will be plenty of winches if required.
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Old 12-16-2013, 11:20 AM   #5
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Well i might definitely have to pitch this one to the wife. I might get a little bored with the trails themselves, but the wife should love the scenery. Sounds like I should have no problems out there.
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Some of the info I've read on the state park mentions pin striping is likely. Have you guys found that to be true or is my latest read too far in the past?
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In the NATIONAL Park, you should first go to the ranger station at Panther Junction. They have a large scale topographic display of the entire park with everything labeled and rangers on duty to answer all your questions. You could easily spend over an hour there deciding on where to go and what roads to take. Don't miss seeing Santa Elena Canyon and Boquilla Canyon. I took the Old River Road in my E350....rough, washboard, with some washouts, but not difficult........took 5 hours. They say Black Gap Road is the most difficult, so I avoided it.......but probably fine with a jeep. Take a look at Terlingua Ghost Town and have a burger at the Starlite there.....good place to eat and see some of the locals hanging around there. I haven't been to the STATE Park yet.
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Some of the info I've read on the state park mentions pin striping is likely. Have you guys found that to be true or is my latest read too far in the past?
Most likely, even in the national park. I've ridden motorcycles on all the roads and always find cactus spines in my riding gear at the end of the day. Motorcycles is more narrow than jeeps.
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Old 12-17-2013, 11:36 AM   #9
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I just posted a ton about Big Bend in this thread: Spring break - where to?

Yes, desert pin striping is a very big possibility. But hey, it's a badge of honor right?
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Most likely, even in the national park. I've ridden motorcycles on all the roads and always find cactus spines in my riding gear at the end of the day. Motorcycles is more narrow than jeeps.
I would be worried about getting cactus spines in my legs on a bike I guess that's what chaps are for.
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I just posted a ton about Big Bend in this thread: Spring break - where to?

Yes, desert pin striping is a very big possibility. But hey, it's a badge of honor right?
My rig doesn't even have a thousand miles on it yet... It's way too soon for that kind of badge
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Bah, ya gotta break it in sooner than later! Lol. Congrats on the new rig!
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My rig is new too 042, not gonna stop me from doing what it's intended for. Still, Big Bend IS worth the drive. A lot of the roads in the park are 2WD friendly and would leave only dust and maybe mud (very scarce out there) on your Jeep.

As for chaps, don't wear em, more of a textile ballistic gear fan here. Leather riding gear and dirt bikes don't go together. Too hot and looks kinda of ... well,
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Old 12-18-2013, 01:03 PM   #13
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Thanks Alamo. My attitude is completely the opposite regarding the mechanics; if it breaks, fix it. I'm gonna baby the paint though.

I can definitely understand not wearing the leathers for both reasons
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Oh man I would love to join Yall I'm uber excited now. Just sent pm
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042 - Pin striping is a definite probability in the state park. Consider it a badge of honor.
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Big Bend was a blast for me and my wife. She has a 13 JKU, and I have a 13 JK. It had rained, and the river was out. We got to do some baby rock crawling, and mudding. WAY TOO MUCH FUN!!!!!
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Got to talk to my better half but would be fun.
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Darn, just found this thread. I'll be out that way the following week chasing the BBORR and then doing some off-roading. Looks like I'll just miss you guys. Please let me know how the conditions are. I was planning to attempt the Black Gap Road in Big Bend as well. I'll be in a 2013 stock JKU Sport with 3.73s and anti-spin rear diff. The only mods are Rubicon take-off BFG Mud Terains.

Have fun and post some pics!

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