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The Botella Trail was originally a trail, but CBP kept driving it in trucks so we just opened it up to motor vehicles. The Easternmost eventually joins Casa Piedra. The Western spur was pretty much unnavigable this spring, but the main eastern leg was fine if VERY rough. With the rains this summer I would definitely be prepared to rebuild the road, as well as for a proper desert "car wash" from the brush. I haven't heard of anyone up that way recently, so the adventure quotient is high,... it could be great or it could be a disaster!
Fresno is pretty bad both from the North and the South (not public). From the North, the road is impassable below the La Posta Hill and again North of Manos Arribas. As far as reservations go, I will always suggest making reservations for campsites and the bunkhouse. There is nothing worse than having to jocky for a site after a long drive. The bunkhouse is an especially good place to stay at the front and back end of a long overlanding trip in the park!
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