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All good suggestions so far. My favorite spot is Fresno, across from Mariscal Mines. Great views of the mines, the Carmens, and the Chisos. Elephant Tusk, a little further down the road, offers some good views, plus you can dayhike out to the Tusk and up along the creek just below it.
Jalco, you sure a regular sedan driven by inexperienced desert drivers could reliably get to those sites?
Quote from: House Made of Dawn on January 31, 2017, 10:36:56 AMJalco, you sure a regular sedan driven by inexperienced desert drivers could reliably get to those sites?Generally, on most park dirt roads, it's more about technique, awareness and being careful, rather than equipment (* see caveat in last paragraph). Sure, there are places no sedan can go and some a sedan won't get back from without damage or help. There are places with grades too steep and loose for a sedan to climb (see prior sentence...it's usually easy to go downgrade; upgrade on a return could be problematic).Chassis clearance certainly can be an issue, but sedans can go places you might not otherwise think if care is taken. However, for the inexperienced desert driver, "should I do that?" can be difficult to gauge. It has less to do with skill/ability and everything to do with knowledge/experience.Here's a trivia question: On a single lane road, when two vehicles meet, one has to back up (assuming there is no room to pass). Who has the right of way (and why)?As long as you have decent tires, drive slowly (fast gets a lot of folks in damage country), avoid sharp rocks, don't drag your oil pan, transmission or differential over things that obviously cannot be cleared you can get to many places. It should go without saying that you stop immediately when something is hit, to look underneath and assess and retreat as necessary. Having a good spare tire is essential; and a jack...don't forget the jack--some do as incredible as that may sound. It's foolish to venture into the desert without things like adequate water and at least a basic tool set. Now, while way back in the early 70s I drove a sedan down Black Gap Road without a single issue, *I would not suggest venturing on any minimally maintained road (park or elsewhere) without at least a high clearance vehicle. My personal standard for more than 30 years is I don't do that without a 4WD truck. That does not include those dainty SUVs with 4WD/AWD but no ground clearance.
Couple months back, I was crawling under the front end of our Odyssey securing a loose plastic under cowling thingy with zip-ties, when I glanced over and noticed some sizeable dents in exhaust system that wraps beneath the engine. My brain instantly presented me with the explanation: Pine Canyon Road...
...and real tent nail stakes.
Jake, your answer lies down either Paint Gap or Grape vine. Paint Gap 2 and 3 are in the same parking lot and easily accessible by any hyway car with a doughnut for a spare. Same with grapevine 2 and 3. Get your homeboys to get the other site so y'all have both, and privacy. Stay off Glenn Springs road. It will take a very long time to limp 2 hyway cars up and down that road. Less time in cars means more time at camp.Teach your friends right. Used TP comes out with you. Don't throw dishwater and food scraps on the ground. Make sure they are good with these requirements before leaving. Pretty simple things to do to keep the place nice for the next visitors. You are the official Big Bend back country car camping Ambassador. Make yourself proud and teach them right.Your original question seems to ask for a place somewhere that you simply park the car and walk into the desert to make camp and sleep. I think the car spots are the best places for you. They are the same with a lot less work. No lights except your own. No noise from other car doors. Just you and your buds.Take chairs to sit in, and real tent nail stakes.
Here's a trivia question: On a single lane road, when two vehicles meet, one has to back up (assuming there is no room to pass). Who has the right of way (and why)?
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