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Old 11-04-2013, 10:43 AM   #1
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Talking El Paso-Austin: What's Must See?

Driving to the Grand Prix. If I'm going to have the Jeep all the way in Texas I'd hate to miss anything in west Texas while I've got it.

I'd be most interested in scenic backways that might give a regional flavor for that part of Texas. From I-10 it mostly looks like rolling, otherwise featureless scrub on private property with not much hidden except an occasional lake, so what's accessible off the beaten path?

From the freeway the Rio Grande looks interesting but the map doesn't show a good way through east and west, even if we were willing to cross the border.

We're planning on taking the scenic route home via Copper Canyon so if there's anything better than that in west Texas don't keep it a secret.

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I spend allot of time on motorcycles both on and off pavement in the Big Bend region, I might suggest:

Big Bend National Park

Big Bend Ranch State Park

Pinto Canyon Road


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Old 11-04-2013, 12:53 PM   #3
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Old 11-12-2013, 10:49 PM   #4
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Talking Thank You and Quitman Pass

We were looking at Big Bend and Chinati we didn't know anything about so thank you very much.

So far we went down 192 past Ft Quitman as far as we could, the (back?) gates to Tally Ranch and Indian Hot Springs were well locked. We took Quitman Pass through the Quitman Mtns. It was an interesting dirt road mostly in pretty good shape, not hard core Jeeping or anything.
In between you know that cattle holding area above the valley with an airstrip? We took the bulldozer trail past it and turned west. FYI it ends and it was challenging enough.

FYI we drove the pavement around Davis Mtn with temps in the 30s. It didn't quite snow and all the asphalt is open, of course.

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Old 11-13-2013, 11:43 AM   #5
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x2 on Big Bend NATIONAL Park. Go to the ranger station inside the park called Panther Junction.........there you will find all the information about what to see in the park. Also outside the park there is Terlingua ghost town, among other things. For offroading there are some primitive roads where you would need good clearance, and 4x4 would be good to have.
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And if time permits, a visit to McDonald Observatory can be both entertaining and educational.
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Old 11-14-2013, 12:38 PM   #7
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The river road between presidio and lajitas is one of the most beautiful paved drives in America. The state park borders the drive and I haven't spent any time inside the state park but I hear its amazingly beautiful with great solitude and no paved roads. I would love to be able to spend a few days out there getting lost...
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I have ridden parts of the State Park on my motorcycle. There are some nice jeep roads in there. The best scenery is on the West End towards Fresno Canyon.

The National Park has a few more sites to see in the back country. River Road East and West (in the park) are great.



Black Gap Road is one of the best, never maintained.



Have to agree on 170 as a great road. Late Winter, early spring is the best time.

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I live and work in Big Bend NP. Black Gap is the most challenging but very fun. Old Ore would be 2nd to Black Gap IMO. Lots of great scenery all over the 801,000 acres here!

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