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First Timer Questions

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Offline Hang10er

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Re: First Timer Questions
« Reply #15 on: November 13, 2013, 10:09:30 AM »
This is the fire ring at Pila Montoya 2 and Pila Montoya 3 in 2010.

Untitled by utpmg, on Flickr

That's kind of what I was hoping for, a ring with a small grill.  We are good either way actually as I'm taking a small grill with fold out legs.  We can put that over a fire in the fire ring for some good mesquite smoked grilling.  Then also bringing a camp stove for picnic table top cooking.


Offline Jonathan Sadow

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Re: First Timer Questions
« Reply #16 on: November 15, 2013, 10:47:14 PM »
Let me add a few things to the excellent suggestions which have been proffered previously:

According to NOAA weather data, the average high at Sauceda for the November 23 to 25 time period is about 68, and the average low is about 35.  Precipitation is minimal; average rainfall during this time is about 0.01 inches in a day.  Of course, these are averages; the actual temperatures and precipitation can vary somewhat, so it's best to check the weather report just before you go and be prepared.

As austin gorpchomper demonstrated, there are some campsites that have grates and some that don't.  Check with the rangers in regards to specific sites.  In any event, you need to bring your own fuel if your site does have a grate.

You might want to consider going all the way to Presidio and getting fuel there before entering the park.  Going from the Terlingua-Study Butte area to the park headquarters complex at Sauceda is almost 80 miles, whereas it's less than 40 from Presidio.  That way, you have 30+ less miles driven when you reach the park interior, which means you have more gas in your tank.  This can be important because I've found that I don't very good gas mileage on my vehicle when driving in the park interior, especially on the more primitive roads, probably because of the continual braking and accelerating required.  Entering by way of Presidio also has the side benefit of going to the park entrance via Casa Piedra Road, which is a somewhat smoother ride than taking Bofecillos Road from FM 170 west of Redford.

Cuevas Amarillas is a pretty cool place to visit.  Unfortunately, if you try to find it by looking for the roadside interpretive sign for it, you'll miss it, because all of the roadside interpretive signs along the main park road were removed in the last couple of years for reasons unknown to me.  However, if you just look around while driving you can't miss it - on the left side of the road as go towards Sauceda from the entrance at one point you'll see distinctive yellow rock with hollows in it, and that's it.



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