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Big Bend National Park Q&A => Backcountry Camping => Topic started by: bam.bam on February 21, 2017, 08:32:37 PM

Title: Looking for help on planning back country camping off of Glenn Springs Rd
Post by: bam.bam on February 21, 2017, 08:32:37 PM
Team BBC: I will be entering PJ Thursday afternoon for a permit in probably S05 for back country camping as I do not want to rely on a the luck for a primitive site.  Exactly how do you park for a campsite area without damaging the side of the road. I watched youtube after youttube and the foliage along GS Rd is pretty solid. Is it OK to park on some plants....Not that I want too.  Any ideas of a good spot. I plan on spending the entire trip at  this one area  on this road as I have not explored it at all.  I am done with banking on a "nearby"  primitive spot this time of year....
Any suggestions before 4:00 AM Thursday morning would be appreciated...thx
Title: Re: Looking for help on planning back country camping off of Glenn Springs Rd
Post by: elhombre on February 22, 2017, 08:50:17 AM
My first choice would be to park just west of Elephant Tusk camp site on a pullout.  It is 80 yards or so west of the campsite proper. Walk up ET trail 5 minutes where it goes up a hill, and put your tent up there out of sight of the road.  Great views and you can day hike up ET trail, walk down Fresno creek where there are springs, or climb Talley. 

My second choice would be park your car at the old road that goes to Robber's Roost and walk down to the old ruin there and set up camp.  No problem pulling off the road there either.

I don't think you will have any problem finding a pull off  that will hold your car easily.  Look for places where a stream/wash would cross the road, and back up into the stream.   The rule is no off-road driving.  Not  no off-to-the-side-of-the-road parking.  BUT we are assuming that the rangers are reasonable. 
Title: Re: Looking for help on planning back country camping off of Glenn Springs Rd
Post by: bam.bam on February 22, 2017, 11:45:36 AM
Thanks elhombe,  i'll mark my map with your suggested spots.
Title: Re: Looking for help on planning back country camping off of Glenn Springs Rd
Post by: Jalco on February 22, 2017, 08:36:39 PM
My first choice would be to park just west of Elephant Tusk camp site on a pullout.  It is 80 yards or so west of the campsite proper. Walk up ET trail 5 minutes where it goes up a hill, and put your tent up there out of sight of the road.  Great views and you can day hike up ET trail, walk down Fresno creek where there are springs, or climb Talley.

I wish I had known this a few years ago when we hiked out to ET for an overnight.  Came back to a nasty note on our car (and on the other car parked at the ET1 campsite).  Not sure why a campsite was placed directly across from a trail head.  Leads to some confusion.