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Terlingua Ranch Road?

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Offline ds9writer

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Terlingua Ranch Road?
« on: November 20, 2014, 04:25:07 PM »
Did a little searching on the boards, but didn't find anything on this...

On the park map, around Dog Canyon Trail and the Nine Point Draw campground, there's an unpaved road going west called Terlingua Ranch Road.  It seems to go out of the park and (of course) down to Terlingua Ranch.

I don't really recall seeing this road or any signs the last couple times we were there... Is this a road the general public can travel?  Is it open?  Can one get in and out of the park by this road?

Just looking for some new places to see!
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Offline The Scorpion

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Re: Terlingua Ranch Road?
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2014, 05:11:28 PM »
yes it is a public road and yes you can drive over to Terlingua on on, Its about 24 miles if I recall correctly. I only drove back a few miles once several years ago while investigating something else of other interest.
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Offline Walking Man Joe

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Re: Terlingua Ranch Road?
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2014, 08:42:51 PM »
It has been a couple of years since i was on the road, but it is not a bad drive. Also you can stop and eat at the Bad Rabbit cafe at T.R. Lodge. The food was really good!
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Offline Hoodoo

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Re: Terlingua Ranch Road?
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2014, 08:44:52 PM »
Are you referring to Marathon Road?

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Offline The Scorpion

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Re: Terlingua Ranch Road?
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2014, 09:16:13 PM »
everything is better with bacon!!!

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Offline RichardM

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Re: Terlingua Ranch Road?
« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2014, 10:28:14 PM »
Are you referring to Marathon Road?

yep, same critter
It's only the Marathon road if you're heading East, otherwise it's the Terlingua Ranch Road. Gotta keep the non-locals on their toes!

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Offline ds9writer

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Re: Terlingua Ranch Road?
« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2014, 08:54:52 AM »
Thanks everyone!   Will put it on the possible to-do (to-drive) list!
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Re: Terlingua Ranch Road?
« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2014, 12:40:29 PM »
Is it scenic?  I thought it was just rough.


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Offline ds9writer

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Re: Terlingua Ranch Road?
« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2014, 01:21:13 PM »
Is it scenic?  I thought it was just rough.

Nothing wrong with rough  :icon_lol:
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Offline trtlrock

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Re: Terlingua Ranch Road?
« Reply #9 on: November 21, 2014, 01:32:25 PM »
Yes, it's pretty scenic. I wouldn't venture into the very sandy patch a couple of miles east of 385 if it has rained recently. Nice views of the Buttrill ranch & the north side of the Rosillos. The mountains near Terlingua Ranch are scenic, and the flats on the west as you approach 118 are sort of interesting. Nice way to kill >= 1/2-day if it's cold & windy out, or you're looking for an in-the-car outing...
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Offline riverrat

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Re: Terlingua Ranch Road?
« Reply #10 on: November 22, 2014, 05:56:24 PM »
Well phooey...now I find this thread after resuscitating a dead one...any updates on the condition of the road? Anyone been down it lately?
« Last Edit: November 22, 2014, 08:49:18 PM by RichardM »
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Offline Red Hawk

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Re: Terlingua Ranch Road?
« Reply #11 on: September 11, 2015, 09:57:04 AM »
Can be sandy in spots but I've not heard of anyone getting bad stuck lately. It's a county road and is occasionally maintained. It's a nice drive with lots of unusual views of the park and bushwhack access to Rosillos peak. I second the advise to stop at Terlingua Ranch Lodge.
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Offline apreston1

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Re: Terlingua Ranch Road?
« Reply #12 on: December 06, 2018, 05:50:25 PM »
Went down the road today, west to east all the way to 385. Road is in great shape.

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Offline BlindWilly

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Re: Terlingua Ranch Road?
« Reply #13 on: December 07, 2018, 02:15:47 PM »
I'll be adding this road to my Big Bend Bucket List.   :afro:
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Offline rocketman

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Re: Terlingua Ranch Road?
« Reply #14 on: December 07, 2018, 06:15:22 PM »
It's a fun road Willy. There are a couple of spots with loose sand - one of which is a good half mile - so you'll have to keep your momentum up. It does track in a creek bed for a section too in the Rosillos foothills, and the washes come up quickly if you're testing your rally skillz. I've taken my '87 SR5 on it a few times, once pulling an empty trailer. From the ranch, it can be used as a shortcut to Marathon vs. going through Alpine, but it's still about 45 min from the ranch HQ to 385/park road.

I'd be down for a weekend of exploring TR roads. I've done some, but there are lots more. Shoot me a PM if you and your buddies would like to stay at my place and check them out sometime.
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