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Drive in recommendations

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Offline nyj

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Drive in recommendations
« on: October 04, 2018, 08:43:55 PM »
Heading to BB for the third time. Been a couple years since last.
Looking for any back country drive in site recommendatoons - somewhere semi centrally located as weíll be driving and hitting most parts of BB for our trip. Plan to stay at this site for 4-5 days. Seclusion/views desired. Have truck so roads arenít an issue.

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Offline Jalco

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Re: Drive in recommendations
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2018, 09:05:15 PM »
I like Fresno for the seclusion and the views - Chisos to the north, Carmens to the east, and Mariscal just across the road.  The "semi centrally located" requirement, though.....

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Offline Imre

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Re: Drive in recommendations
« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2018, 08:13:09 AM »
K-bar?
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Offline badknees

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Re: Drive in recommendations
« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2018, 08:30:08 AM »
K-bar?

Nugent Mountain, Rice Tank?
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Offline nyj

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Re: Drive in recommendations
« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2018, 10:41:39 PM »
Havenít been to Fresno or the mines. Looks cool, maybe a little far back but hard to say.

Stayed at rice tank one year and enjoyed it. Canít recall if we did k-bar, but it looks convenient.

Are there other things like the mines Iíve been missing out on? South rim, Emory peak, hot springs, terlingua, Santa Elena, boquilla...done all that.

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Re: Drive in recommendations
« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2018, 10:53:10 PM »
Havenít been to Fresno or the mines. Looks cool, maybe a little far back but hard to say.

Stayed at rice tank one year and enjoyed it. Canít recall if we did k-bar, but it looks convenient.

Are there other things like the mines Iíve been missing out on? South rim, Emory peak, hot springs, terlingua, Santa Elena, boquilla...done all that.

cattail falls?
Not all those who wander are lost.
Ė J.R.R. Tolkien

Through the Mirror
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Offline mule ears

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Re: Drive in recommendations
« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2018, 03:46:33 AM »
Paint gap 2 or 3 are central and pretty secluded.  Paint Gap 4 even more so but rougher road to get there.  Here are campsite reviews from here on BBC if you haven't found them.

Other things to do, Mule Ears spring trail to the overlook, The Chimneys.  Mariscal Mine is cool to see.
temperatures exceed 100 degrees F
minimum 1 gallon water per person/day
no shade, no water
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Offline Jalco

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Re: Drive in recommendations
« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2018, 08:10:42 AM »
Havenít been to Fresno or the mines. Looks cool, maybe a little far back but hard to say.

It is a little far back, I agree.  However, it's centrally located, so to speak, to Mariscal Mines, Mariscal Canyon rim trail, Elephant Tusk, and, to a certain degree, Dominguez Springs Trail.  All are good day hikes.  You can visit Glenn Springs on your drive in or drive out.

 


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