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Black Gap-Glenn Springs-River Road-Etc/--Your Favorite Spots

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Black Gap-Glenn Springs-River Road-Etc/--Your Favorite Spots
« on: February 05, 2007, 01:22:51 PM »
A friend and I plan to spend 3 days and 2 nights in the area bordered on the North by the South Rim, on the East by the highway that connects Panther Junction and Rio Grande Village, on the South by the Rio Grande, and on the West by the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive.

Do you have favorite roadside campsite in this area?

Do you have a favorite place in this area that is a day hike (or shorter hike) from a road?

Any other thoughts (other than avoid Solis--and not climb Elephant Tusk :) )?

We'll be in a 4 Wheel Drive vehicle, and returning to our road campsite in the evenings.

Thanks for your suggestions and ideas.
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« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2007, 01:34:35 PM »
Fresno an EXCELLENT campsite with fantastic views all around. Mariscal Mine is really great and an easy walk from the Fresno site.  You're also an easy drive down to Talley where you can start the hike to the Mariscal Canyon Rim (a hike I've yet to do).

The Elephant Tusk campsite on the Black Gap Road is a nice site as well.  I like to start out on the West end of the River Road and slowly make my way East.  The Glenn Springs area is nice, I've never camped there, but I've walked all over that area.  

When are you going?  The heat can be a real bear down there.  Take lots of water and lots of ice.
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Of course...
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2007, 03:08:28 PM »
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Fresno an EXCELLENT campsite


Of course, we will all understand now that anytime BDann wants  the Fresno site it will have already been taken.   :P   Solis, yea, Solis is the most premo campsite.  Be sure and request Solis when you need a campsite....  :P   If Solis is not available, then Talley  :P

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Re: Of course...
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2007, 03:13:28 PM »
Quote from: "SHANEA"
Quote from: "bdann"
Fresno an EXCELLENT campsite


Of course, we will all understand now that anytime BDann wants  the Fresno site it will have already been taken.   :P  


yep and it will be all my fault for extolling it's greatness every chance I get...
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Black Gap-Glenn Springs-River Road-Etc/--Your Favorite Spots
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2007, 03:16:30 PM »
Bdann, Thanks.  

Hopefully, we'll be there this weekend.

The weather looks excellent--lows in the 40's, highs in the 70's, with some clouds, and no precipitation.

Being Texas weather, I realize this could change.  I had expected, and will be prepared for, lows in the 20's, and highs in the 50's.

Actually, it looks like today and tomorrow would be perfect days to be there.

In any event, we'll carry plenty of water in the truck--and as a rule of thumb, I don't journey out on a hike with less than 5 liters per day.
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Black Gap-Glenn Springs-River Road-Etc/--Your Favorite Spots
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2007, 03:25:44 PM »
Quote from: "bdann"
Fresno an EXCELLENT campsite with fantastic views all around. Mariscal Mine is really great and an easy walk from the Fresno site.  You're also an easy drive down to Talley where you can start the hike to the Mariscal Canyon Rim (a hike I've yet to do).

The Elephant Tusk campsite on the Black Gap Road is a nice site as well.  I like to start out on the West end of the River Road and slowly make my way East.  The Glenn Springs area is nice, I've never camped there, but I've walked all over that area.  

When are you going?  The heat can be a real bear down there.  Take lots of water and lots of ice.


I'll second that  :!:

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Re: Of course...
« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2007, 03:26:12 PM »
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Quote from: "bdann"
Fresno an EXCELLENT campsite


Of course, we will all understand now that anytime BDann wants  the Fresno site it will have already been taken.   :P   Solis, yea, Solis is the most premo campsite.  Be sure and request Solis when you need a campsite....  :P   If Solis is not available, then Talley  :P


stay away from Solis' bad karma  :evil:

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« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2007, 03:52:08 PM »
Quote from: "Boot Canyon 1 Cougar"

Hopefully, we'll be there this weekend.


This is a great time of the year to be down in the lower elevations.  My brother and I were in the park first week of March last year and the weather was perfect.  

I don't know what it is about Solis.  That's where my buddy Grant and I came across the severely fair skinned couple stuck in the sand down by the river.  They would've been in some serious trouble if we hadn't decided to drive down the Solis spur road just for the heck of it.  Just imagine two very pale people, truck stuck in the sand at the end of a seldom traveled spur road, in the middle of MAY, 100+ degrees in the shade, they had NO water, some coca-colas, canned beans, two sleeping bags and a styrofoam cooler with nothing in it.
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Black Gap-Glenn Springs-River Road-Etc/--Your Favorite Spots
« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2007, 03:58:38 PM »
David, thanks.

I had sensed that from postings I've seen over the past few months, and ACRViper's recent posting shed even more light on that place.

I've ruled out the other campsites right on the river, too.

As far as the general area we'll be in--what are your suggestions?  Any favorite spot?
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Re: Of course...
« Reply #9 on: February 05, 2007, 04:02:22 PM »
Quote from: "Casa Grande"
Quote from: "SHANEA"
Quote from: "bdann"
Fresno an EXCELLENT campsite


Of course, we will all understand now that anytime BDann wants  the Fresno site it will have already been taken.   :P   Solis, yea, Solis is the most premo campsite.  Be sure and request Solis when you need a campsite....  :P   If Solis is not available, then Talley  :P


stay away from Solis' bad karma  :evil:


 OK....Really: What is it with Solis campground :?: . I have read that is haunted, bad karma, bad things happen there, it is jinxed.

   What is the real story with it.. :shock:
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« Reply #10 on: February 05, 2007, 04:20:33 PM »
Buenos Aires and Woodsons are also favorites of mine, just get the higher up sites away from the river.

View from Buenos Aires

View from Woodson's

As others have noted, Fresno is a terrific site, especially on a full moon night. Some buddies and I have explored the mine ruins by moonlight -- simply awesome.

Along the Old Maverick Road, the campsites at Terlingua Abaja are surrounded by ruins, but there are several sites situated right next to each other, so it's a crapshoot as to whether you'll have the area to yourself or not.
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Black Gap-Glenn Springs-River Road-Etc/--Your Favorite Spots
« Reply #11 on: February 05, 2007, 04:52:43 PM »
Thanks, Jeff.

We'll almost have a full Moon this weekend--maybe I'll be able to see Mariscal Mine in full moonlight!

I've never heard anything about Woodsons or Buenos Aries  or Terligua Abaja.  Seeing those photos on your web site makes me want to check those places out, too.
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Black Gap-Glenn Springs-River Road-Etc/--Your Favorite Spots
« Reply #12 on: February 06, 2007, 07:45:16 AM »
I am suprised no one has mentioned the Dominguez Springs campsite and the hike up to the springs. Beautiful area when you get there. A plus for the campsite is you are sheltered from the westerly winds should they be blowing.

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« Reply #13 on: February 06, 2007, 07:57:53 AM »
Quote from: "Boot Canyon 1 Cougar"
Thanks, Jeff.

We'll almost have a full Moon this weekend--maybe I'll be able to see Mariscal Mine in full moonlight!


you'll actually have a half moon this weekend....should still be nice though.
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« Reply #14 on: February 06, 2007, 09:05:30 AM »
I second the Fresno site. We camped there for the first time back in October and it is without a doubt my favorite site in the park. We had it under a lot of moonlight too...the mine looked amazing. Absolute solitary but beware the Cucuy. We went for a moonlight walk up to the mine and on the way back there was a light flickering from one of the old structures down below. No wind, no people, no clue. Had the ipod hooked up to some portable speakers and it started playing random songs not in the playlist. Even a battery-operated light turned on in the pocket of the tent that no one touched. It's creepy and i blame the Cucuy, but whatever..it's an awesome place to stay.

 


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