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Rattlesnake Mountain

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Re: Rattlesnake Mountain
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2013, 08:51:56 PM »
Anybody found any info on Rattlesnake Mountain campsite?

Pretty sure it's right here.
2915'17.68"N, 10331'57.43"W

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Re: Rattlesnake Mountain
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2013, 10:30:02 PM »
Anybody found any info on Rattlesnake Mountain campsite?

Pretty sure it's right here.
2915'17.68"N, 10331'57.43"W


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Re: Rattlesnake Mountain
« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2013, 12:35:35 PM »
Anybody found any info on Rattlesnake Mountain campsite?

I camped there a few years ago and my brain isn't filled with memories - a nondescript site.

Nonetheless a popular one that you'll be lucky to snag - it's the closest one to the restaurants in Study Butte/Terlingua.

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Re: Rattlesnake Mountain
« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2013, 01:22:05 PM »
Stayed there after it first opened up.  Great spot to sleep on the ground and watch meteor showers.  Weren't any rats running around, but this may have changed because it wasn't used much yet.  Crappy place to be if it gets windy.  Also crappy because you can see the lights from Terlingua.
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Re: Rattlesnake Mountain
« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2014, 02:11:29 PM »
I like this site because it's easy to reach and it's a place to just crash when you need an easy-access campsite on the west side.

I forget the distance, but I think it's a little over 3 miles south of the north end of OMR. Then there is a short road (~1/8 mi.) that leads due west from OMR. It's just right - not too long, but long enough to put some distance between you and the OMR. Because of the vegetation between the site and OMR, it's somewhat obscured.

The turn off of OMR to the campsite is actually kind of difficult to spot, especially at night. You definitely want to mark it on your GPS if you plan on finding it again at night :icon_wink:

My pic of the site isn't the best, but the area around it is perfectly flat with typical scrubby desert plants. The Rattlesnake Mountains can be easily seen to the SW.




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Re: Rattlesnake Mountain
« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2014, 08:00:26 AM »
Thanks for the report/photos TJ.

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it's the closest one to the restaurants in Study Butte/Terlingua.

Looks like this one needs to go on the list for last night in the park after a week of backpacking.

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Re: Rattlesnake Mountain
« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2014, 09:04:31 PM »
TJ,

Didn't you do a bunch of photos of the badlands near Rattlesnake?
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Re: Rattlesnake Mountain
« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2014, 07:11:53 AM »
TJ,

Didn't you do a bunch of photos of the badlands near Rattlesnake?

Yes. But they are a long ways from the backcountry campsite. The campsite is just off OMR and NE of the mountains. The badlands are south of the mountains. When I explored the badlands 5 years ago (geesshh has it been that long?), I zone camped out there.

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Re: Rattlesnake Mountain
« Reply #9 on: April 07, 2017, 12:29:27 PM »
Stayed at this one March 2017. I would stay again. This is a great site to stay at if you are enjoying a night in Terlingua or looking to get a head start on your day at Santa Elena.

The bad: You can see some (but not much) of the lights of Terlingua in the distance. Unless you are standing up and looking that way, you won't notice it. Also, it is rather exposed to wind and this site gets hot quickly in the morning as there is no shade. Although, you could say that about just about every site in the desert. Also, cars coming down Old Maverick road will see you and vis versa. Old Maverick is after all, more travelled then Old Ore and the likes.

The good: Location, location, location. A short drive down Old Maverick road and you are there. No campsites are nearby so you will have privacy (other than the road traffic). Good surrounding views of Rattlesnake Mountain and the Chisos/Elephant Tusk in the distance. Site is surrounded by Ocotillo plants, especially nice in the spring bloom.
 

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Re: Rattlesnake Mountain
« Reply #10 on: April 07, 2017, 01:23:39 PM »
I passed the turnoff to the Rattlesnake Mountain campsite on my walk out of the park in December and I agree that if feels like it's put there in the middle of nowhere. But even at the time, I wondered if one could see the lights of Terlingua and Study Butte from there; those communities seemed fairly close even though the land between is pretty rough. I considered cutting across country toward Study Butte from that point and I still wonder if that might have been a more pleasant hike than what I experienced up the rest of the OMR and then down 118 to Study Butte. As I'm sure TJ can confirm, Rattlesnake Mountain is mighty close to the upper Alamo Creek badlands. If one were interested in exploring those in a series of dayhikes, that campsite would make a great basecamp.
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