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Casa Piedra road to Marfa?

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Offline BlindWilly

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Casa Piedra road to Marfa?
« on: December 05, 2016, 10:11:27 AM »
Looking at all the maps available, I see Casa Piedra road leaves the northern panhandle are of the park and heads north toward hwy 67 and Marfa.
Is that a public road all the way up to Marfa?
I'll be leaving out of the park on the 31st and assuming I planned my fuel correctly, I should be able to save time heading north that way instead of driving back out to Presidio and heading back north.
Thanks  :afro:
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Re: Casa Piedra road to Marfa?
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2016, 02:50:48 PM »
I took the Casa Piedra road from BBRSP last year, and yes it is a public road all the way to Marfa. Although it's probably a shorter route, I'm not sure it's any quicker that going back to Presidio.

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Re: Casa Piedra road to Marfa?
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2016, 10:43:44 PM »
Yes it is a maintained public road, however it is dirt. Rough in spots, some soft areas, crosses Several Arroyos, very dusty. We drove it in a full sized 4X4 pickup with no problems at all. I will have to agree with eddie, I don't think you are going be able to safely drive fast enough to save time but the upside is you get to see some neat country. About 20 miles before you get to Hwy. 67 just after you cross the train tracks you will be back on pavement. At this point there is a water tank on the east side of the road. If you have time, cross back over the tracks and there is a picnic area by a pond. It was in need of attention and repair the last time I was there. It appears to have been quite nice sometime in the past. The tank is leftover from the steam train era. You can still see where the spout was. It still holds water and I understand that it is fed by an artesian well. A mile or so up the road to the north is the ruins of the abandoned community of Plato. I've posted a link below to a few pictures from March of 2011.
https://goo.gl/photos/qGWWJwtRV4fXKEne7

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Re: Casa Piedra road to Marfa?
« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2016, 07:35:26 AM »
Awesome, thank you both!
Well even if I don't save time, at least I'll get a little more country views in, before hitting the main roads back to DFW.
We are hitting the park and working our way east to west that week, ending in the Cienega mountain area. From there we need to leave the park and all head home.
Hoping to experience some of the rougher trails in our 4x4's  :)
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Re: Casa Piedra road to Marfa?
« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2016, 07:58:02 AM »
Possum,
Thanks for those pictures!  I loved reading about Alamito, especially  with regards to Stilwell's dream of a rail line to Topolobampo.  A portion of that came true w/ Mexico's Chihuahua al Pacifico train, which crosses the Copper Canyon area of Mexico.

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Re: Casa Piedra road to Marfa?
« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2016, 04:32:18 PM »
I don't think you are going be able to safely drive fast enough to save time but the upside is you get to see some neat country.

That shouldn't be a determining factor. Taking a road you've never been on is exploration and expands your knowledge of the region. Beats driving the same pavement every time.
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Re: Casa Piedra road to Marfa?
« Reply #6 on: December 31, 2016, 10:39:17 AM »
I don't think you are going be able to safely drive fast enough to save time but the upside is you get to see some neat country.

That shouldn't be a determining factor. Taking a road you've never been on is exploration and expands your knowledge of the region. Beats driving the same pavement every time.
I whole heartedly agree!!!
I just got back last night after 4 days/3 nights in BBRSP.  I didn't get to go up Casa Piedra, that will have to be on my next trip.
We also didn't make it out to Casa Ramon, which is a bummer, as that was my goal this trip. 
I did get to do some amazing 4x4 trails around the park and see all new areas on the east, north and south central areas of the park.
Can't do it all at once.
I'll do a write up in the BBRSP thread when I get my photos and videos loaded on my laptop.
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