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Christmas Mountain Road

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Offline Moose

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Christmas Mountain Road
« on: September 22, 2019, 07:06:26 PM »

planning a NOV. trip to visit big bend.   Was thinking of trying to navigate the Christmas Mountain road to the summit.   I do know that a $75 deposit is required
at Terlingua Ranch and also there are only two times available per day to reserve;  morning and evening.     My questions....one youtube video stated that visitors must be off
the mountain by 5pm or be reported missing.    Is this true,  would like to photo sunset at summit.     Second question,  in normal dry conditions is this road manageable
in a stock F150 4x4 4-door vehicle with all terrain tires?  thanks

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Offline PacingTheCage

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Re: Christmas Mountain Road
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2019, 11:03:28 AM »
We did the morning time back in April in a 4Runner so canít really help with the sunset question. You should be fine in your F150. Only one or two really tight corners.


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Offline LinuxGeek28

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Re: Christmas Mountain Road
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2019, 01:50:04 PM »
The office at Terlingua Ranch Lodge manages the permits and key to the Christmas Mountains Road.  The key needs to be returned before the office closes for the night.  Call them and they will give you the details.  If you were to have any chance at returning the key to the mail slot after they close, your best bet would be as a paid registered guest of the lodge.... that way they know where to find you if you fail to return the key.

 


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