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Alternatives to the developed campgrounds

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Offline Al

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« Reply #15 on: May 08, 2006, 09:39:06 PM »
If you get there after the ranger stations close drive down to Rio Grande Village and spend the night.  Get a permit to stay at Candelilla, the first campsite down Ore Road from the south.  From there you can do all kinds of drive to and see things with you deciding how much walking you do.  Plus it's the nearest primative campsite to the Hot Springs.  Spend a couple of nights there and check out the East side of the park.  I'll have to think about the west side and will get back to you.

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« Reply #16 on: May 08, 2006, 09:42:19 PM »
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.....for example the hill south of Ernst can be hard to get up if you are headed north. although we've done it in a compact rent car.....  In most cases if you just keep moving you'll do fine.  In virtually all cases it's nothing a shovel and a little work won't cure.


Know that hill well, took 4x4 low and low tranny to haul the r2d2 up it, but no prob.  Just slow and steady.  DON'T SPIN YOUR TIRES on the rocks, you will shred a tire.  Happened to a buddy of mine in his 4x4 Dodge @ BGWMA - wasn't in 4x4 at the time.  Not much left of it, the tire.

Keeping moving is the key.  

If you don't have a shovel with you, then you r SOL.


I should have said going south. Thanks for being kind.

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« Reply #17 on: May 08, 2006, 10:02:24 PM »
Same place I was talking about, Al.  It stopped me once going north;  most of the outside part of the road bed was gone;  I parked at the top of the hill and walked into La Noria.

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« Reply #18 on: May 08, 2006, 10:07:17 PM »
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I should have said going south. Thanks for being kind.


Didn't even notice it, but I'm a kind person anyway.   8)   Knew exactly what you were talking about w/o thinking.  I've got a visual picture in my mind as the road winds to the west and up when going south.  Funny, I always have a hard time with directions out there - north never really seems north - I think it has to do with the directions the river flows...  :lol:

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« Reply #19 on: May 08, 2006, 11:11:54 PM »
The good news is there is a fair amount of traffic going to Ernst.  It's hell during rush hour!   :D

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Re: Alternatives to the developed campgrounds
« Reply #20 on: May 11, 2006, 02:36:44 PM »
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I'd appreciate your advice on some of the backcountry sites in the park that I can get to in a 2 wheel drive pick up.


Is this a little pickup or does it have high clearance? I'm thinking something like a small Ford Ranger would potentially have problems in some areas due to low clearance and longer wheelbase. If you've got enough clearance, most backcountry roads are accessible with 2WD, depending on conditions (as everyone else already said).

Late fall/early winter - unless you're going around Thanksgiving or Christmas you should have the backroads mostly to yourself. GS1 or 2 would be good - the info I read was that the worst stretch of the road was just a bit north of the campsites, but that wasn't the case in my opinion. You could also hit Pine Canyon while you're in that area. I guess if it were me doing this, I'd push to go places you can't get to with a passenger car, and leave the easier sites like Grapevine, Paint Gap etc. for another time when you're stuck with a car.

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« Reply #21 on: May 11, 2006, 08:21:10 PM »
I saw plenty of full-size trucks on Glenn Springs, so you should be OK there, unless there's been rain recently. Same probably goes for the River Road, except that's a really long drive. I say definitely try for Glenn Springs and Old Ore if conditions are good.

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« Reply #22 on: May 11, 2006, 08:43:35 PM »
I was there first week of March. But I did camp at Cottonwood one night - that's where I got my avatar. I only drove the River Road west from the highway to the GS intersection.

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« Reply #23 on: May 12, 2006, 08:16:24 PM »
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I think I have a picyure of the same turkey.  They roosted in the tree just above my tent and lounged on my table during the day.  I did link to some of your pictures since posting last and saw that you drive a Jeep so knew that you weren't my neighbor that night.  You do have some really nice photos posted.


Thanks Ray. I knew it wasn't you next to me - I would've noticed a Val Kilmer lookalike.  8)  Instead, I got stuck by the yahoos who decided to pack up the RV and leave at 3am, as well as the people who drove in and out three times between midnight and 2 am.:evil: Between that and hearing what I thought was a cowbell ringing (maybe from a cow along the river :?:) I didn't get much sleep. At least the turkeys were nice.

 


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