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Paint Gap 3

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Offline RichardM

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Paint Gap 3
« on: February 04, 2013, 04:51:52 PM »
PG3

The Paint Gap Road is located approximately 6 miles west of the Panther Junction Visitor Center, along the north side of the road. Four campsites are located along the road, three of which are generally accessible to all vehicles.
 
Site Name    PG-1    PG-2    PG-3    PG-4
Vehicles    1    2    1    2
Persons    4    6    6    4
Horses    no    no    no    no
 

How to Get There
The Paint Gap Road is located approximately 6 miles west of the Panther Junction Visitor Center, along the north side of the road. PG-1 is 1 mile from the pavement. PG-2,3 are located approximately 2 miles from the pavement. PG-4 is located within the "gap" approximately 2.5 miles from pavement.

Usual Road Conditions
The Paint Gap Hills Road is generally in good condition and is accessible to all vehicles throughout the year except past campsite #3 (PG-3) where high clearance is required for passing through Paint Gap.
Current road conditions...

Ground Cover/Shade
No shade available at PG-1 and PG-4. Moderate ground cover at PG-2 and PG3 due to thick surrounding vegetation.

Views
Good views of the Chisos Mountains from PG-1,2,3. Views of Paint Gap Hills from PG-2,3,4. Dripping Spring and an old ranch site are located at the end of the road beyond the Paint Gap. Paint Gap shows a wide array of colors in Tornillo Creek to the North.Water Sources
None. There is NO water anywhere near the Southwest Rim of the Chisos. It is vital that you carry adequate water for drinking, cooking, and washing. Plan on at least one gallon/person/24 hours.

River Access
None.

Cautionary Notes
The road past campsite PG-3 requires high-clearance vehicles.

Remarks
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, 10:14:36 PM by RichardM »

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Offline Raoul Duke

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Re: Paint Gap 3
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2013, 10:17:20 AM »
PG3 is a flat, relatively exposed campsite with excellent views of the Chisos Mountains and Paint Gap Hills.   It is a small site with a small tent site and large bear box.  For hammockers, there is a stout mesquite bush here that can support a hammock, but you would have to tie the other side to your vehicle's roof rack. 

View of the Chisos Mountains from PG 3 at dawn:

Anticipating the river by raoulduke101, on Flickr
« Last Edit: March 04, 2013, 06:12:31 PM by Raoul Duke »
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Re: Paint Gap 3
« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2015, 12:24:47 AM »
We camped here in late December 2014. 

The site is fairly close to PG2.  Fortunately our neighbors kept their lights low and their voices down, and we did our best to do the same.

We arrived after dark, and it wasn't obvious to me exactly where to put the tent.  There was a clearing outside of the log boundaries that looked ok for a tent, but I wound up pitching it in the driveway area near the bear box.  The ground was very easy to pound stakes into, although it was made of very fine clay dust that got everywhere.

Our camp:


The view in the morning:

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Re: Paint Gap 3
« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2015, 04:20:36 PM »
For hammockers, there is a stout mesquite bush here that can support a hammock,


Nope, can't do that. You are PROHIBITED from tying things to the vegetation.  :eusa_naughty:

From that hard-to-find Compendium:

"Supporting hammocks, or similar devices, from natural features is prohibited. Associated weight and
swinging of hammocks may damage the natural features."
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Re: Paint Gap 3
« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2015, 01:22:36 PM »
Some pics from March 2015...







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You travel to see things differently.

 


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