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Papalote de la Sierra

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Offline TexasLC

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Papalote de la Sierra
« on: March 15, 2019, 10:34:34 AM »
Has anyone been out this way lately?  I stayed in the interior of the park a few months ago and I went through the Cienega portion on the way home.  I would really like to go back and explore this area.  I have read the 4x4 guide on Big Bend.  The area looks very remote and it appears the park area stops short of the top of the mountains.  The BBSP site does not show photos of the campsites in this area. 

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Offline Ranger Tim

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Re: Papalote de la Sierra
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2019, 12:14:07 PM »
The roads are extremely rugged and only high clearance 4x4 accessible. It is a simple site with a table and fire pit, but it has outstanding views

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Offline Trout

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Re: Papalote de la Sierra
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2019, 11:57:23 AM »
Has anyone been out this way lately?  I stayed in the interior of the park a few months ago and I went through the Cienega portion on the way home.  I would really like to go back and explore this area.  I have read the 4x4 guide on Big Bend.  The area looks very remote and it appears the park area stops short of the top of the mountains.  The BBSP site does not show photos of the campsites in this area.

I haven't been out there yet, but I'm heading out there in late April if you still need an update by then.

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Offline TexasLC

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Re: Papalote de la Sierra
« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2019, 03:11:27 PM »
That would be great.  I don't think I will be out there until the fall unless I make it in July.

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Offline BlindWilly

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Re: Papalote de la Sierra
« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2019, 02:44:48 PM »
Sorry for the late reply, I was out there on Dec 30th. We spent the whole day in the NW side of the park doing the Cienega loop then backtracked toward Papalote De La Sierra and down to Casa Ramon. 
If you go in on West Casa Piedra Trail, it's a longer drive to the camp site.  For me, that's the best way in. 
Leaving the campsite, we went south toward Casa Ramon, explored it a little then exited via the East Casa Piedra Trail.

The road/trail are some of the roughest in the park.  I was aired down to 18psi the whole trip. 
Ranger Dodson and the maintenance guy at Ft. Leaton said they drove their pickups out that way recently, they are a longer wheel base, so it's tougher for them. 
IF you've ever been to some of the OHV parks here in Texas and run some of the easier to medium trails, you should be fine, as long as you don't mind desert pinstripes.    :great:

If you've got roughly 20 minutes, here's a video of the trip.
at 9:10 starts the entrance into the Cienega Mountain area.

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Offline BlindWilly

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Re: Papalote de la Sierra
« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2019, 02:57:41 PM »
IF you have Verizon as your cell phone provider, you will more than likely get a signal.  My other 2 drivers didn't get a signal.
This is from the trail close to Cienega Gorge.

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Offline Flash

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Re: Papalote de la Sierra
« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2019, 06:33:35 PM »
Thanks for sharing the video from way out in the western part of the park.  :great:

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Offline DonkeyTrot27

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Re: Papalote de la Sierra
« Reply #7 on: March 23, 2019, 12:58:40 PM »
Thanks for putting this together.


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Offline TexasLC

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Re: Papalote de la Sierra
« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2019, 09:38:58 PM »
Thanks Amigo!!  That is exactly what I was looking for.  I just spent a few hours last week trying to wax the pinstripes out but it didn't work.  I have Cricket and I don't think it works up there.  I do get service on the West end of BBRSP but none in the NP

 


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