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Campground Questions

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bzymom

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Campground Questions
« on: January 27, 2008, 12:40:48 PM »
We have a 35ft MH and are going to be spending 10 days in BB at rio grande campground. We love campfires are are disapointed we can't have them at BB or Davis Mountains State Park ( another stop on or trip) but understand the reasoning. My question is if we wanted to spend a few nights around a campfire can we fit in anywhere at Big Bend Ranch State Park and can we run our generator? 

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SHANEA

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Re: Campground Questions
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2008, 12:54:39 PM »
My understanding is that generators are not allowed, but with so much in "flux" there, I would suggest calling and verifying my information.  http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/big_bend_ranch/

Ground fires are allowed there in fire rings as long as there is not a burn ban in place.  Again, a question to ask them on the phone. 

Yes, there are several sites you could swing a motor home into out at BBRSP.   Just make sure you have a good spare tire or two or three.   :icon_eek: 



 

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bzymom

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campsites
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2008, 02:20:02 PM »
Thanks! It is a big area, do you know which sites we would fit into? I also see a few sites marked "trailer camping" one at grassy banks and one at medera caynon....anyone familiar with these?


Since we are planning a float down the colorado caynon this might be a good place to spend a night or two?

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Offline Mrscookie

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Re: Campground Questions
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2008, 04:39:36 PM »
bzymom

You will fit at Grassy Banks and Madera Canyon CG's at the BBR SP.  I would not take the rig into Colorado Canyon, LOTS AND LOTS of sand.  These CG's have composting toilets only, no electric or water.

I also would not take the rig into the interior of the BBR SP, the road in is pretty rough, we have talked to volunteers who work at Sauceda and live in their MH/5er and it is a challenge to get into Sauceda with the rig.

You might check at the Barton Warnock Eduction Center about staying in one the of volunteer sites.  If they have any available, it was 17/night for full hook ups, plus your park fees.

Usually NP's and SP's have no open fires due to dry conditions.  Not sure if that is the reason in BiBe and BBR SP, you can check with the visitor centers for a definite answer, but that has been the reason in years past.
 
Have fun and safe travels,

The Cookie Baker

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SHANEA

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Re: Campground Questions
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2008, 04:45:47 PM »
The RV parking prices at Lajitas are supposedly vastly reduced in price and  I have viewed a sign at Barton Warnock that they have RV facilities there.  There is also an RV park just outside of the main entrance to BBRSP - just west of Casa Piedra Road - along the river road.  Even has a golf course.   :rolling:

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bzymom

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Campsites
« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2008, 07:48:56 PM »
Mrs Cookie,

Thanks..... sounds like you have first hand knowledge of these sites? Are the quiet? right on the road? etc. Also I see Rancho Viejo on the map....it looks nice to? would we make the trip to it and fit?

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SHANEA

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Re: Campsites
« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2008, 08:48:15 PM »
Bzymom, thought I was losing my mind on single post threads.   :eusa_whistle:  Please try the reply button instead.   :eusa_dance:  Moderator note:  Guests can currently only post new topics...
No, no way you could make it up to Rancho Viejo with a motorhome.  It's quite a trick to get a popup camper up there.  Very steep, very narrow, very rough, and one heck of a turn off of the main dirt road.  The prior advise is probably more dead on, about not bringing a motor home down there.  But, I have seen motorhomes and huge horse/camping trailer 5th wheels parked near the ranch house.  (generally volunteers and horse girls).  The road back into BBRSP proper is dirt, gravel, etc.  There are several sites that come to mind off the main road that would support an RV such as yours - near the horse corral comes to mind.  You'd be able to pull off the road into that area w/o any problem.  Tons of room to setup, turn around, etc.  The thing is, if you don't have a tow-behind vehicle, you are really really really (really**3) limited on exploring any of BBRSP interior.  Trying to turn that beast around would be heck in most places.  You'll also have quite a bit of fun navigating Colorado Canyon on the river road - steep road.  It's done all the time, but I was white knuckles just towing my R2D2 popup camper.
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Offline Mrscookie

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Re: Campsites
« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2008, 09:50:26 PM »
ShaneA is correct.  I wouldn't take anything into the  interior of the ranch that is bigger than a pick up camper.

You might be able to stay at the horse corrals, but more and more horse people are using them, so if you don't mind horses!

Grassy Banks and Madera Canyon are between the river and the road, usually they are pretty quiet, but during Spring Break they can be noisy during the day as the outfitters use these areas as put in/take out for the raft trips.  Evenings and nights will be quiet.  Grassy Banks will be the easiest to get into, also you can canoe from there to Lajitas, which would be a few hour trip.  Madera is a little trickier to get into, but if you take it slow and are careful, you can do it.

Madera Canyon and Grassy Banks are on FM170 before you get to the Big Hill, which is a 15% grade up 1 mile and then a 15% grade down 1 mile, can be a breathtaking trip, especially if you are not use to mountain driving.

Enjoy,

The Cookie Baker

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oldfatman

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Re: Campground Questions
« Reply #8 on: February 26, 2008, 08:50:16 PM »
I talked to the ranger at Warnock a little over a week ago about taking my off road travel trailer into the park.  He hi-lited me a route that I probably can make if I drive really slow and careful to two spots on the road to Sauceda.  For those who do not know, most motorhomes owners cannot change a flat on the rig because of the lug nut torque and jacking requirements.  Almost always it requires a heavy equipment service company to come out and change flats.  I would not take a motorhome into any area this remote with the high probability of a flat or more happening. I heard at RGV that a service truck call from Alpine starts at $500.

 


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