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Overlanding in the state park

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Offline BlindWilly

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Overlanding in the state park
« on: June 30, 2015, 01:15:43 PM »
So there is a good chance I will be back out to Big Bend this October with a small group.
I was thinking of doing some camping/overlanding in the State Park before meeting up with the rest of the group at Rancho Topanga.
Have any of you folks done this before and if so, what route did you go?
I've been to Tres Papalotes and "Nowhere" and want to go back. I was thinking of camping there the first night and working my way back toward Guale (Which I've heard is awesome)
Minimum will be 2 nights, but I'm hoping at least 3.
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Re: Overlanding in the state park
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2015, 02:04:27 PM »
So what exactly do you mean by "overlanding"? Off-trail route finding, maybe? I'd be happy to help you out with a plan.
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Re: Overlanding in the state park
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2015, 03:21:07 PM »
Off road 4x4 trail riding and camping? In for the info. Sounds fun. :dance:

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Re: Overlanding in the state park
« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2015, 08:30:54 AM »
So what exactly do you mean by "overlanding"? Off-trail route finding, maybe? I'd be happy to help you out with a plan.
I'm meaning driving to a remote "Primitive" campsite, spend the night.
Pack up and drive toward a new spot the next night, set up camp... enjoy.
Pack up and head toward another spot.
Basically in this case work from point A to B to C to... ?
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Re: Overlanding in the state park
« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2015, 08:36:07 AM »
I saw a video on youtube a while back of a couple that went to an area on the northwest side of the park.
I can't find it... even going through my history. I was wanting to start at 3 papalotes and work my way back that way, but I'm up for any suggestions.
By the way, if you're bored... Here's the video I made of my trip up to "nowhere".


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Re: Overlanding in the state park
« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2015, 10:36:27 AM »
I found it!!
It's a video of a guy heading to East Casa Piedra trailhead and Casa Ramon up in the western portion of the park.
This is an area I'd love to go explore and get away from it all for a few days.
Here's the video with the info he put on youtube:
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Re: Overlanding in the state park
« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2015, 11:13:26 PM »
Thanks for that link Willy. Officially on my list for next time I visit

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Re: Overlanding in the state park
« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2015, 10:39:50 AM »
Thanks for that link Willy. Officially on my list for next time I visit

My Pleasure :)

Well, a group called the North Texas Overlanders are the ones heading out in Oct.  Now it looks like I might have to postpone until March. Luckily there happens to be some other folks I know heading out that way. They might not be the overlanding type, but they do like to explore, so we'll see.

I can't complain about not getting out though. I'm headed to Sedona and the Grand Canyon in 2 weeks. :)
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Re: Overlanding in the state park
« Reply #8 on: August 13, 2015, 11:28:44 PM »
The panhandle portion of the park is about as tough of a landscape as you could hope for. Conditions are highly variable and the road often has to be reconstructed many times along individual segments depending on what kind of erosion has been inflicted from the monsoon rains. Travel in groups and bring plenty of tools, spares, and water!
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Re: Overlanding in the state park
« Reply #9 on: August 30, 2015, 09:46:12 PM »
Myself plus two other rigs will be doing this in October also. I have 8 days on tap and the rest of the party has 4 days.  I think I've got our "route" mapped out already. Tres Papalotes, Guale 2 and Chorro Vista are my current "must see location".
Really excited about this run!!

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Re: Overlanding in the state park
« Reply #10 on: September 01, 2015, 01:54:15 PM »
That is a great "must-see" line up. I'd book your campsites now as this may be a busy fall!
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Re: Overlanding in the state park
« Reply #11 on: September 11, 2015, 01:01:47 PM »
The panhandle portion of the park is about as tough of a landscape as you could hope for. Conditions are highly variable and the road often has to be reconstructed many times along individual segments depending on what kind of erosion has been inflicted from the monsoon rains. Travel in groups and bring plenty of tools, spares, and water!

I'd more than likely go with a small group if it works out this next trip. From that video I linked, the panhandle does look rough :)
That's what's so appealing about it all.
When is the monsoon season? I was just out in Arizona and they are finishing their season I hear. From what I gathered it's June through the end of September.
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Re: Overlanding in the state park
« Reply #12 on: September 11, 2015, 01:05:06 PM »
That is a great "must-see" line up. I'd book your campsites now as this may be a busy fall!

How busy are the campsites between Xmas and NYE?
Last year we stayed at Rancho Topanga and it wasn't too busy.
I know the motels, etc get full as new years gets closer.
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Re: Overlanding in the state park
« Reply #13 on: October 28, 2015, 01:49:26 PM »
Myself plus two other rigs will be doing this in October also. I have 8 days on tap and the rest of the party has 4 days.  I think I've got our "route" mapped out already. Tres Papalotes, Guale 2 and Chorro Vista are my current "must see location".
Really excited about this run!!

Were you out there with a guy named Cliff and his FJ? If so, I was originally going to go out with y'all.

Looks like I'm joining a small group... 3 couples and I'll be the only married guy without his wife, lol.
They want to rough it Motel style, lol.
I may come out early and enjoy  a quiet campsite for a night or two before they all show up :)
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Re: Overlanding in the state park
« Reply #14 on: October 29, 2015, 08:20:30 AM »
Unlike BBNP, our campsites have yet to completely fill during the high season (Xmas - Spring Break, though you will expect that the more accessible and most scenic sites to be taken. Even when BBRSP is full you may only see a few people on any given day. Booking ahead to make advance reservation is always a good idea.
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