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Old Ore vs River Rd

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Offline beagle001

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Old Ore vs River Rd
« on: February 21, 2019, 07:40:59 PM »
I know this is a totally subjective question but I'm going to ask anyways because it's fun! :)

Wife and I and 2 dogs did Big Bend Ranch last year and had a blast. This year we have maybe 4 days to get away from ATX and are thinking of loading the Tacoma 4x4 with the 2 good dogs and coming back. This time we are looking at doing Old Ore or River Road and camping along the route. Maybe even 2 nights on the roads even though they aren't that long. Would like to take our time and enjoy it. If you had to pick one, which one would you prefer? Any campsites you love?

We will be in a Long bed Tacoma 4x4 with a shell camper. It has a little lift on it and good off road tires.  2 dogs that stay on leash and close by and pretty much just snooze and sniff. We'd be starting on a Sunday in April (non Spring Break time) in the Park and coming out on a tue or wed. Would it be hard to get reservations for the little road side camping spots? What am I forgetting or not considering?

Thanks for any input. Been doing some research but also want to hear from you guys as well.

Thank you!
Beagle
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Offline Al

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Re: Old Ore vs River Rd
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2019, 07:56:46 PM »
It's not necessarily an either or question.  We just stayed at Fresno one night, the only night it was available, and the Roy's Peak Vista for a couple of nights.  For Fresno we went in on Glenn Springs and then out River Rd.  I had a new BiBe camper with us, so I wanted to show him the sights along each road.  The park has gotten really busy the last few years so availability of campsites may drive your decisions once you get there.  Plan to be flexible.

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Re: Old Ore vs River Rd
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2019, 08:16:31 PM »
With 3-4 days in the park you can easily do both. Dogs are not allowed on the trails. Let them sleep in the truck when you go on short hikes to Ernst Tinaja and McKinney Spring off OOR and the Mariscal Mine off River Road.  Every campsite has its advantages and disadvantages, so you'll have to plan your itinerary and camp where it's convenient to stop.

I did a nomad trip back in 2013 and camped at Telephone Canyon off OOR the first night. Next day drove down to visit Ernst Tinaja and RGV, then camped at Solis for the night. Next day went to Glenn Springs, Black Gap, and Mariscal Mine, and camped at Johnson Ranch off River Road. Then off to Santa Elena Canyon the next day and back up to Terlingua.
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Re: Old Ore vs River Rd
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2019, 05:46:04 AM »
OK Thanks Rocket and AI. That's helpful. I'm thinking maybe we could start River Road from the West, camp midway, finish it then next day and start up Old Ore from the south and then camp it midway up that night. Then head home. That's provided that the camping spots are open of course. Will continue to research and see what it looks like. Thanks again for the replies!

Beagle

 


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