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First time need advice

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Offline Ryan6864

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First time need advice
« on: February 19, 2019, 07:18:30 PM »
Quick run down....I have a modified Jeep tj with tentrax trailer and two dogs. Looking for advice on best camp spot to get away from anyone and which offers best experience. Both my dogs are large and very experienced with hiking and camping in wilderness. As I understand big bend ranch offers two trails that allows dogs.

Would it be better to camp in national or state park....which camp site would be suggested?

What are best trails to drive?

As I understand dogs can be at camp site and 1/4 mile from roads is this correct still?


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Offline elhombre

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Re: First time need advice
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2019, 09:18:20 AM »
Leave the Dogs at home.

Regulations for Pets in the Park:

Having a pet with you may limit some of your activities and explorations in the park.
 For the safety of your pet, other people, and park wildlife, please obsrve the following regulations.
•Pets are not allowed on trails, off roads, or on the river. Your pet can only go where your car can go.
•Pets need to be on a leash no longer than six feet in length (or in a cage) at all times.
•You may not leave your pet unattended in vehicles if it creates a danger to the animal, or if the animal becomes a public nuisance.
•If you plan to hike or take a river trip, someone must stay behind with the pet, or you will need to make arrangements with a kennel service. There is no kennel service in the park.
•Pet etiquette and park regulations require that you always clean up after your pet and dispose of waste in trash receptacles
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Offline steelfrog

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Re: First time need advice
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2019, 01:29:27 PM »
Yeah Steel was in the park last weekend and a couple made it to the top of Pinnacles with a dog on a leash before a ranger saw them and made them turn around.

Also, the same day, Steel had a momma bear and a couple of cubs cross the Pinnacles trail right in front of him, during the daytime.

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Offline Ryan6864

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Re: First time need advice
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2019, 02:06:24 PM »
Is this no longer true

"Dogs are only allowed to be ¼ mile from campsites or designated roads, and only on the Closed Canyon Trail and the Hoodoos Trail on FM 170."


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Offline RichardM

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Re: First time need advice
« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2019, 02:38:57 PM »
Is this no longer true

"Dogs are only allowed to be ¼ mile from campsites or designated roads, and only on the Closed Canyon Trail and the Hoodoos Trail on FM 170."

Policies on Dogs at Big Bend Ranch State Park
The following rules apply to all Texas Parks & Wildlife Department sites.
  • Dogs must always be on a leash no longer than 6 feet.
  • Dogs are not allowed in any buildings (that includes the Sauceda Ranch House and Bunkhouse).
  • You must pick up your dog's feces with a bag immediately and place in a trash can.
  • Never leave your dog unattended.
  • Do not allow your dog to approach wildlife.
  • More information is available in the Texas State Parks Rules and Regulations.
The following rules apply to Big Bend Ranch State Park.
  • Dogs are only allowed to be ¼ mile from campsites or designated roads, and only on the Closed Canyon Trail and the Hoodoos Trail on FM 170.
  • Dogs are not allowed on any other hiking trails, in the backcountry, or more than ¼ mile from campsites or designated roads.

Note: Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, these policies do not apply to persons relying on service dogs.

So, if you're set on taking the dogs, don't bother with the National Park and don't plan on a lot of hiking with them at BBRSP.

Also, the same day, Steel had a momma bear and a couple of cubs cross the Pinnacles trail right in front of him, during the daytime.
Did Steel have a camera with him?

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Offline jim2

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Re: First time need advice
« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2019, 03:24:19 PM »
BBNP/BBRSP are not dog friendly. I like dogs, but, I would not take my dog to either park.
 

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Offline steelfrog

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Re: First time need advice
« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2019, 03:27:22 PM »
Did Steel have a camera with him?

Steel had a phone camera but they hurried across the trail in front of Steel, and up and over a little ridge.  Frankly Steel didn't even try to get a pic, just enjoyed seeing them.  Steel had aready taken so many pics of stuff, Steel was all photographed out...

 


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