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Walk-Up Availability in May??

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Offline jerryq

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Walk-Up Availability in May??
« on: May 06, 2019, 12:55:40 PM »
Hi y'all!

Headed up for my first visit with a buddy in May and was too late to reserve a spot.

What are my chances of finding a walk up spot the third week of May?

Also, open to any and all recommendations and tips about camping and my first visit!



Offline Quatro

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Re: Walk-Up Availability in May??
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2019, 10:27:20 PM »
Welcome to the board!  Given that May is the off-season, I would imagine that your chances of landing a spot in the Chisos Basin campground are good except near Memorial Day. Easier during the week than the weekend.  If you can arrive in the morning, it would be helpful.  You can ask about sites from the campground host if they are around.   I wouldn't consider camping anywhere but the Chisos during May.

You are probably aware that it is going to be hot.   Sun protection (ie. a brimmed hat) and plenty of water will be important.  Temps in the Chisos should be reasonable.  If you can make it to the South Rim, the view is spectacular.  Although the days will be long, it's always advisable to take a flashlight just in case.   For hikes on the desert floor, you will probably want to be back to your car by noon.   Like a broken record, take more water than you think you'll need.

The drive along the Ross Maxwell Highway is a great drive during the hot part of the day.  I'm not sure if the store at Castolon is open during May.  If open, get an ice cream and a cold drink.

Be sure to check out the Starlight Theater in Terlingua for dinner one night.  After you get back, let us know how it went!
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