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Big Bend Ranch Advice

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Offline sonoraqb2006

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Big Bend Ranch Advice
« on: February 07, 2009, 11:57:16 AM »
Hi all!

Me and some of my friends from Rice University are going to be travelling to Big Bend Ranch for our Spring Break in a few weeks. I have a few questions, that I hope someone here might be willing to answer for me...

1. Does anyone have GPX trails/waypoints that they wouldn't mind sharing with me? I think this would help us out immensely as none of us have ever been to the park before.

2. What can you tell me about the Churro Vista campsite? We have placed reservations for this site, but are hoping to get some idea of what it's like.

3. How do you think a Yukon XL would handle the park's roads? It doesn't have any special tires, but its got a block V8 engine, and from what I've gathered so far, I think it will do ok. What do you think?

I would welcome any answers to these questions or any other advice you might have for someone who is going to visit the park for the first time.

Thanks!

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Offline Robert

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Re: Big Bend Ranch Advice
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2009, 12:17:49 PM »
Sounds like you plan on car camping and doing some day hiking. Is this right or are ya'll going to do some backpacking?

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Offline sonoraqb2006

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Re: Big Bend Ranch Advice
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2009, 09:51:36 PM »
Yea, we'll probably just set up some tents at Churro Vista and use it as a base camp which we'll return to each night. We're hoping to hike Fresno Peak and explore other areas of the park near our site, but probably won't be doing any serious backpacking.

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Offline deeperrin

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Re: Big Bend Ranch Advice
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2009, 12:19:42 PM »
Your Yukon XL will get you to a lot of spots in the park.  Is it 4x4?  The park does a good job of letting you know what trails are compatible with your vehicle.  Roads conditions can change from one week to the next so check with Marvin at park headquarters before exploring.

The park list 3 types of roads
  • 2 wheel drive - I saw a Chevy Malibu make it on these roads
    2 wheel drive high clearance - any truck or suv works
    4 wheel drive - Some of these you will need to use your low gear on.
    4 wheel drive unmaintained  - Take at least two 4x4, one with a wench

If at all possible take an extra spare tire with you. Yea, two spare tires is a must if you are going to do any exploring.  Don't plan on going anywhere fast.  There are sections in the park that are only 10 miles away that will take you an hour to get  to.

What GPS will you be using?  I might have a trail I could send you.

Enjoy
Derrick Perrin

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Offline Medic

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Re: Big Bend Ranch Advice
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2009, 12:47:15 PM »
Take at least two 4x4, one with a wench

Wenches are alot of fun and I'd recommend taking as many wenches as your 4x4 can carry.
I'd also consider having a 4x4 with a winch.

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