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Best and Worst primitive roadside campsites?

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Offline Al

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Re: Best and Worst primitive roadside campsites?
« Reply #45 on: January 30, 2012, 11:55:40 PM »
The short version of having shade while primitive camping is to bring your own shade.  Over the years we have relied mainly on the angle of the parked vehicle and occasional moving as necessary to follow the shade.  I think Bdann and friends posted a fine example of the craft a couple of years ago.  It's pretty intuitive.

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Re: Best and Worst primitive roadside campsites?
« Reply #46 on: March 14, 2013, 10:50:05 AM »
We went during Spring Break (we know, the worst time to go, but no choice this year) -- and when we got there, there were only 3-4 sites left.  All but one was on the river, so we chose that one - Dominguez Trailhead.  At first, we thought we'd missed something, as there is a large, open parking area for the trial.  But then we noticed a very hidden and narrow steep road down, and the campsite is a couple hundred yards down that hill.  It's in a small bowl with views to the southeast but sheltered on 3 sides.  It's far enough away from the trailhead parking lot that no one will see you or your gear there.  Really nice, peaceful, but it's 2 hours from anywhere in the park - that's the only drawback.

We also stayed in McKinney Springs - again, very nice, sheltered on 3 sides, 3 minute walk to the springs, miles from anyone, but the Old Ore Road into it is 4x4 and it took us an hour and 15 minutes to travel the 8-ish miles to the campground.  It's ok if you're just going to chill there, but a pain if you are using it as a base camp to go elsewhere in the park.

All in all, though, we were very pleased with both (except for the 1-2 hour bumpy drives to get elsewhere in the park)
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Re: Best and Worst primitive roadside campsites?
« Reply #47 on: March 14, 2013, 11:07:23 AM »
Yeah, the Dominguez camp site is kind of hidden.  The sign for it should be up where the access road to it leaves the main parking area.

Like most of the primitive camp sites, there is zero shade; that's the only downside (but we were there in the summer).
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Re: Best and Worst primitive roadside campsites?
« Reply #48 on: April 16, 2014, 04:37:42 PM »
The short version of having shade while primitive camping is to bring your own shade.  Over the years we have relied mainly on the angle of the parked vehicle and occasional moving as necessary to follow the shade.  I think Bdann and friends posted a fine example of the craft a couple of years ago.  It's pretty intuitive.

Al

Yep, that's the easiest way...

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Re: Best and Worst primitive roadside campsites?
« Reply #49 on: April 22, 2014, 07:50:48 PM »
The short version of having shade while primitive camping is to bring your own shade.  Over the years we have relied mainly on the angle of the parked vehicle and occasional moving as necessary to follow the shade.  I think Bdann and friends posted a fine example of the craft a couple of years ago.  It's pretty intuitive.

Al

Yep, that's the easiest way...



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Re: Best and Worst primitive roadside campsites?
« Reply #50 on: April 22, 2014, 11:39:57 PM »
Yup, but don't forget the shade around winter solstice.

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Re: Best and Worst primitive roadside campsites?
« Reply #51 on: February 07, 2017, 08:09:38 AM »
Hope everyone is okay with me bumping this old post up. The information is just too good to warrant a new thread.

So far my rankings....
1. Pine Canyon 4.
         Great views of the Chisos, centrally located.
         No real complaints here
2. Grapevine Hills 4.
          Nice view of the mountain range opposite the Chisos (Christmas Mts I believe?)
          There's a little hill just beside the tent pad that is perfect for setting up chairs and stargazing
          Only drawback is GH5 is close by, but as long as the negihbors are respectful, it's no problem
3. Candelila
          Not much in the way of views, but certainly isolated. Close enough to the road to be a good spot after a day at the Hot Springs and Mexico
4. Paint Gap 4
         A fan favorite here, but not mine. Hills on both sides provide opportunity for some shade. No notable views.


Are Roy's Peak and Chimneys still campsites? Looking at my topo, I don't see them listed.
« Last Edit: February 07, 2017, 09:04:32 AM by andrwtzel »

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Re: Best and Worst primitive roadside campsites?
« Reply #52 on: February 07, 2017, 08:20:20 AM »
Paint Gap 5 does not exist.  Do you mean #4?
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Re: Best and Worst primitive roadside campsites?
« Reply #53 on: February 07, 2017, 08:24:45 AM »
Paint Gap 5 does not exist.  Do you mean #4?

Yep, no #5.

#4 is a good site, except the road to it is really rough going through the gap.
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Re: Best and Worst primitive roadside campsites?
« Reply #54 on: February 07, 2017, 09:04:57 AM »
Yep...PG4, edited my original post.

Thanks for catching

 


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