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Hello from Corpus - First trip to BBRSP

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Offline r_unda

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Hello from Corpus - First trip to BBRSP
« on: April 04, 2018, 04:38:21 PM »
Hi all. We are heading to BBRSP early May. I made a reservation for Guale 2 campsite. This would be our first time at Big Bend but not our first primitive camping trip. We have camped at PINS multiple times and stayed at various state parks.

What is the best route to travel from Corpus Christi to BBSR? Take I-10 or US-90?
My SUV runs on diesel, would I have any problems finding a diesel station? I read somewhere that there are only a few diesel stations along the way.

I am taking plenty of water and shade since I am expecting the temperatures to reach the mid/upper-90s during the day. The good thing is that I believe humidity is a lot lower than Corpus Christi so we should be okay.

We are just staying for three nights, so basically two days to explore.  Aside from enjoying nature and the campsite view, is there anything you would really recommend us doing? a must see before we leave the park.   

Thanks in advance for the help. I am really looking forward for this trip. We have been meaning to visit the park for so long. We finally said lest go even if its a long drive and only a few days.

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Re: Hello from Corpus - First trip to BBRSP
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2018, 08:19:37 AM »
Howdy! You should be fine finding diesel on either 90 or I10. I would suggest 90 if you have the time to sight see along the way and 10 if you don't. Guale should be a great spot, though keep in mind that May gets HOT!! Given that you only have a couple of days, I would say to focus on exploring the area around Guale 2, eg Upper and Lower Guale Mesas. It will be too hot for much hiking but the Western leg of the Rancherias Trail runs right below Guale 2 and provides an easy stroll across the lower mesa. On the way there or back I would say that you should check out Ojito Adentro and see the sights along the river road. I would suggest checking in at Barton Warnock or Fort Leaton so that you don't have to go to Sauceda and then backtrack back to Oso Loop/ Guale Road. Bring some comfortable chairs and lots of shade so that you can kick back and just soak it in during the hottest part of the day!
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Re: Hello from Corpus - First trip to BBRSP
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2018, 08:59:01 AM »
I make the trip from Corpus and agree on Highway 90.  It's shorter mileage wise and Interstate 10 saves you less than 30 minutes travel.  I really enjoy crossing the Pecos, the small canyons and stopping at Judge Roy Bean's place on the way back is always fun.  I almost always see Pronghorn between Sanderson and Marathon.  I'm sure diesel is readily available (Uvalde, Del Rio, Alpine) maybe even Marathon and Sanderson.

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Re: Hello from Corpus - First trip to BBRSP
« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2018, 09:25:23 AM »
Uvalde, Del Rio,Sanderson, Marathon and Alpine along 90 all have diesel. Same with Lajitas and Terlingua and both stations in BBNP too.
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Re: Hello from Corpus - First trip to BBRSP
« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2018, 10:07:28 AM »

Personally, I think Judge Roy Bean's is a tourist trap.  If you stop anywhere, make it Seminole State Park and go on the rock art tour.
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Re: Hello from Corpus - First trip to BBRSP
« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2018, 10:31:13 AM »

Personally, I think Judge Roy Bean's is a tourist trap.  If you stop anywhere, make it Seminole State Park and go on the rock art tour.

nice bathrooms at the Judge's place; also nice bathrooms at the Sanderson visitor's enter
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Re: Hello from Corpus - First trip to BBRSP
« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2018, 11:01:38 AM »

Personally, I think Judge Roy Bean's is a tourist trap.  If you stop anywhere, make it Seminole State Park and go on the rock art tour.

How can an official TX DOT rest area and welcome center be a tourist trap?
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Re: Hello from Corpus - First trip to BBRSP
« Reply #7 on: April 05, 2018, 11:10:00 AM »

Personally, I think Judge Roy Bean's is a tourist trap.  If you stop anywhere, make it Seminole State Park and go on the rock art tour.

How can an official TX DOT rest area and welcome center be a tourist trap?

Maybe that's the way the Judge wanted it. :ranger:

I think it makes for a great quick stop. The rock art tour would be awesome, but requires more time and planning.

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Re: Hello from Corpus - First trip to BBRSP
« Reply #8 on: April 05, 2018, 11:19:09 AM »

Personally, I think Judge Roy Bean's is a tourist trap.  If you stop anywhere, make it Seminole State Park and go on the rock art tour.

How can an official TX DOT rest area and welcome center be a tourist trap?

Maybe that's the way the Judge wanted it. :ranger:

I think it makes for a great quick stop. The rock art tour would be awesome, but requires more time and planning.

Good restroom and leg stretch break..it's a rest stop
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Re: Hello from Corpus - First trip to BBRSP
« Reply #9 on: April 05, 2018, 09:57:58 PM »
I enjoy walking through the cactus garden and learning about the local flora. The windmill is pretty cool too! The museum is also interesting if you are a history buff. Well worth the stop IMO.
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Re: Hello from Corpus - First trip to BBRSP
« Reply #10 on: April 06, 2018, 07:40:19 AM »
I was a bit shocked by the Judge Roy Bean "tourist trap" comment.  In what way?   There's no admission.  It's 1/4 mile off the highway.  Inside is air conditioned and bathrooms are clean.  They don't try to sell you anything.  Judge Roy Bean's saloon/courtroom is there as advertised.  You can actually still go in it, it's not roped off.  The other sites; cactus garden, his home, windmill, etc are all there.  The ladies behind the counter are very friendly and you can pick up a Texas map, big book on Texas sites and other information all free.  You can get through it in 15 minutes or take an hour milling around, either way it's a nice place to get out and stretch. 

I usually drive around a bit too, there's some homes from the original families in the area that are in various states of ruin, but still neat to look at. 

The rock art tour of Seminole sounds great, but does require more time and planning.  I think Judge Bean's is just as much a part of Texas history. 

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Re: Hello from Corpus - First trip to BBRSP
« Reply #11 on: April 07, 2018, 07:20:23 AM »
From Corpus I go to Pleasanton over to Hondo to catch 90. Having gone both ways the travel time is about the same but 90 provides more to see along the way......in my opinion.


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Re: Hello from Corpus - First trip to BBRSP
« Reply #12 on: April 10, 2018, 03:44:53 PM »
Thanks for the info guys. Cant wait for this trip! 

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Re: Hello from Corpus - First trip to BBRSP
« Reply #13 on: April 27, 2018, 09:50:12 AM »
Any of you have taken your dog to BBRSP?

We are going back and forward with this idea. Initially we selected BBRSP over BBNP because they allowed dogs. Then after reading the parks policies on dogs we decided not to take them. Last weekend we decided to take them but this week we are unsure. 

They have gone camping with us every single time so they are used  to it.  I know the places we can go with them are very limited but we are not planning to go far from our site anyways.

What is your recommendation?

Thanks

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Re: Hello from Corpus - First trip to BBRSP
« Reply #14 on: April 27, 2018, 05:16:09 PM »
Been to bbrsp many times. This came up last time when my brother wanted to bring Walter, his young lab.  He was back and forth and I finally talked him into bringing him. It went fine.  Just use some common sense.   (Walter lives in Corpus too.)

 


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