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Primitive Roadside Camping - Improved Dirt Roads

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Offline turbodog19

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Primitive Roadside Camping - Improved Dirt Roads
« on: April 20, 2015, 03:48:24 PM »
Headed out on an impromptu BiBe trip this weekend.  I will be getting to the park early afternoon on Friday.  I'll be staying Friday and Saturday night.  I usually camp in the Basin for the fantastic scenery.  I would like to camp in others part of the park mainly on the improved dirt road sites or Rio Grade Village/Castalon.  I've never camped at these before.  Any suggestions to what sites are best/favored or pointers would be appreciated.  Thanks!!! 

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Offline ds9writer

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Re: Primitive Roadside Camping - Improved Dirt Roads
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2015, 03:57:46 PM »
Paint Gap #4 is very nice - but the road is kinda rough and rocky the last mile or so - might not fit your "improved dirt road" criteria...



This is the only shot I could find of the road - it's rougher in other places...  don't need 4WD but high clearance is probably necessary...


There are also descriptions and some pictures on this thread as well:
http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/backcountry-campsites/
« Last Edit: April 20, 2015, 04:11:25 PM by ds9writer »
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Offline jim2

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Re: Primitive Roadside Camping - Improved Dirt Roads
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2015, 04:45:04 PM »
What do you drive? From your question, Improved dirt roads, I'll guess a car.
 Paint Gap 2 and 3 have good views of the chisos and are" central'" enough to use as a base camp.
 Croton springs campsites are a short distance from pavement and also central.
 The sites out Grapevine hills are accessible by car also. My guess would be that GVH road is the busiest of three. Whatever that means in Big Bend!
 It was always a balance of where I wanted to end my day and where I wanted to begin the next. The sunset from Grapevine hills can be something special. There are things to see out Paint Gap as well and Croton Springs is an interesting place.
 

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Offline RichardM

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Re: Primitive Roadside Camping - Improved Dirt Roads
« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2015, 04:56:31 PM »
I had no trouble driving a minivan up to the Pine Canyon trailhead last December, so those sites might be an option as well.

 


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