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Offline RichardM

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Fresno 1
« on: February 04, 2013, 04:36:10 PM »
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The Fresno primitive campsite is located within walking distance of the Mariscal Mine Historic District on nearby Mariscal Mountain, near the mid-way point on the River Road.

Site Name    FR-1
Vehicles    2
Persons    8
Horses    no
 

How to Get There
Via River Road East, 18.6 miles from the junction with the main park road to Rio Grande Village. Turnoff to the Fresno campsite area is marked, but easy to miss. Watch for the turnoff to the north.

Usual Road Conditions
High clearance vehicles required. After any rain, 4-wheel drive is also required. Access road to the campsite is usually in good condition.
Current road conditions...

Ground Cover/Shade
No shade available. Gravel ground cover. Creosote and Lechuguilla are the dominant vegetation.

Views
Good views of the Sierra del Carmen Mountains in Mexico and the Mariscal Mine.

River Access
None.

Cautionary Notes
Check current road conditions with a ranger. 4-wheel drive is required after any rain. To minimize the possibility of theft, secure belongings when away from the campsite and while sleeping. Do not leave site unattended for long periods of time.

Remarks
This campsite is close to the Mariscal Mine Historic District. A free informational handout is available at park Visitor Centers which outlines the history of the area and mining activities. All artifacts are protected—no collecting.

A backcountry use permit is required (available at visitor centers). Campers are responsible for regulations listed on the permit. Camping is in designated sites for minimal impact on the surrounding vegetation.
« Last Edit: February 04, 2013, 08:58:10 PM by RichardM »

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Offline Owl

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Re: Fresno 1
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2013, 06:56:28 AM »
Taken Dec. '10

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Offline brave6

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Re: Fresno 1
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2013, 08:01:14 AM »
Very open spot so you feel the wind. 

Cool to see the mines glistening in the distance on nights with lots of moonlight.

Good base camp for rappelling the south face of Tally Mountain.

Never really worried much about having anything stolen. 


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Offline dirtymike

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Re: Fresno 1
« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2015, 02:49:53 PM »
I am torn between one of the talley camps and Fresno camps. I want talley due to how close it is to Mariscal canyon trail. Really our only plan for this 4 day trip is to get to the top. Besides that relax with out having our truck and camp raided. Is this safer than Talley camps?

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Offline Jalco

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Re: Fresno 1
« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2015, 08:28:14 PM »
I am torn between one of the talley camps and Fresno camps. I want talley due to how close it is to Mariscal canyon trail. Really our only plan for this 4 day trip is to get to the top. Besides that relax with out having our truck and camp raided. Is this safer than Talley camps?

Fresno is further from the river, if that's what you're concerned about.  The spookiest night I've ever spent in Big Bend was at one of the Solis campsites.  It just hit me that I was literally in the middle of nowhere with my two teenage children and, if anything happened to me, they were on their own.  Not like being in a "civilized" campground.

I haven't stayed at Fresno, but, other than the lack of protection from wind, I think it would be a great place to stay.  Great views of the Carmens and the Chisos, and the mines.  I think it would be a great base camp for any number of day hikes.  Or a float trip thru Mariscal Canyon.

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Re: Fresno 1
« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2015, 06:35:21 AM »
Fresno is one of my favorite sites in the park. Highly recommend.

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