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River Road -- roads to river campgrounds

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Offline ds9writer

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River Road -- roads to river campgrounds
« on: September 23, 2014, 12:08:50 PM »
On our next trip, we are planning to drive River Road from west to east.  On a previous trip we drove a good part of it east to west, but now we want to see it from the other direction.

The question - are any of the roads that lead to the river campgrounds (i.e. Loop Camp, Jewels Camp, Woodsons, Talley, Solis) worth the side trips?  Are the river views any better than where the road overlooks the river near Black Dike (where the Jeep is in my avatar)?  Or is the scenery more of the same?

Is any of Mariscal Canyon visible from either Talley or Solis roads (sadly, won't be able to hike it)?



I know some of the campgrounds have been closed due to vandalism, etc.  Should any of these roads/spots be avoided altogether?

Thanks!!
« Last Edit: September 23, 2014, 02:49:08 PM by ds9writer »
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Re: River Road -- roads to river campgrounds
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2014, 04:44:48 PM »
I think the views of the river are similar but the perspectives are different.  I'd check them out.  I wouldn't worry about driving any part of the road.

You can't see Mariscal Canyon itself unless you hike to the rim.  All the way to the rim, too.
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Re: River Road -- roads to river campgrounds
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2014, 08:06:14 PM »
I haven't driven down any of them but the views (from pictures I've see) back towards the Chisos are all different and dramatic across the big flats.
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Re: River Road -- roads to river campgrounds
« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2014, 08:59:18 PM »
Here's the view from Loop Camp.  Pretty neat down there.


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Re: River Road -- roads to river campgrounds
« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2014, 09:08:18 PM »
I have driven them many, many years ago. I think it is worth it.

I am not sure how much it has changed over the years but some of them get pretty soft, particularly if the river has recently receded from a flood stage and they become a deep mud pit (Woodson's comes to mind).

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Re: River Road -- roads to river campgrounds
« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2014, 09:27:07 PM »
Here's the view from Loop Camp.  Pretty neat down there.


Nice shot TAH. Makes me want to go there and ponder on the "End of the Earth". Did you camp there?

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Offline ds9writer

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Re: River Road -- roads to river campgrounds
« Reply #6 on: September 24, 2014, 08:37:17 AM »
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Here's the view from Loop Camp.

TAH - my screen only showed a white box, and when I clicked on it, it disappeared... same with Flash's quote... (tried three different browsers too) -- something happen to the picture?
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Re: River Road -- roads to river campgrounds
« Reply #7 on: September 24, 2014, 01:04:55 PM »
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Here's the view from Loop Camp.

TAH - my screen only showed a white box, and when I clicked on it, it disappeared... same with Flash's quote... (tried three different browsers too) -- something happen to the picture?
The picture is hosted on imgur.com, which is probably blocked by your ISP. I can see it at home, but not at work. Same with photobucket.

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Re: River Road -- roads to river campgrounds
« Reply #8 on: September 24, 2014, 06:20:44 PM »
No I didn't camp there that time.  Was driving the river road and decided to head down to the site.  Some one was camping at the other site.  Next time I'm in that part of the park, I'll be staying there.  It's a neat site with an awesome view and sits on the edge of a little bluff above the river.

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Re: River Road -- roads to river campgrounds
« Reply #9 on: September 25, 2014, 08:50:19 AM »
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The picture is hosted on imgur.com, which is probably blocked by your ISP. I can see it at home, but not at work. Same with photobucket.

Yep, that's probably it -- work blocks a lot of good stuff  (guess they want me to work instead of checking out the forum)   :icon_lol:
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Re: River Road -- roads to river campgrounds
« Reply #10 on: February 07, 2015, 12:26:22 PM »
I am planning on driving River Road from East to about Mariscal Mines, does anyone have any current information on road conditions etc. Plan on visiting in a month.

 


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