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Trip Change and a question

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Offline BlindWilly

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Trip Change and a question
« on: March 09, 2016, 07:07:00 AM »
Hi there,
I was supposed to be out exploring BBRSP this week, but an emergency at work last week forced me to stay and fix the issues.

I have the chance to join a group next week and they are planning on just showing up. I pretty much know the National Park is booked up, but what does your camp sites look like next week?
Are the spring break crowds filling up the park?
As of right now, we have 4 vehicles and 4 adults camping. We are wanting some remote sites if possible. (4x4 accessible)

I can call and reserve if needed, I'm just trying to get a feel for camping spots.
Thanks
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Re: Trip Change and a question
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2016, 08:41:04 AM »
Almost every road side campsite only allows 2 cars.  During spring break Johnny Ranger is much more active with his ticket book because the pickings are so ripe and juicy with money.  I would strongly encourage you to look at Black Gap/Stillwell ranch and the campsites down that way.  Thursday (tomorrow) is when the madness will start.  Friday will mean long lines and slim pickins.  Saturday you are basically screwed. To stay  in the park, you will have to zone camp and hike/backpack into your spot, leaving your trucks behind.  Mule ears zone, Ward springs zone, and Elephant Tusk zones are some good ones. 

Welcome to Spring Break!    :banghead:

I went and looked, these sites are the only ones that let 3 cars stay:  Grapevine hill #1, Loop camp #1, Solis #2, Nugent, and Hannold Draw.
« Last Edit: March 09, 2016, 08:53:24 AM by elhombre »
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Re: Trip Change and a question
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2016, 10:44:23 AM »
Almost every road side campsite only allows 2 cars.  During spring break Johnny Ranger is much more active with his ticket book because the pickings are so ripe and juicy with money.  I would strongly encourage you to look at Black Gap/Stillwell ranch and the campsites down that way.  Thursday (tomorrow) is when the madness will start.  Friday will mean long lines and slim pickins.  Saturday you are basically screwed. To stay  in the park, you will have to zone camp and hike/backpack into your spot, leaving your trucks behind.  Mule ears zone, Ward springs zone, and Elephant Tusk zones are some good ones. 

Welcome to Spring Break!    :banghead:

I went and looked, these sites are the only ones that let 3 cars stay:  Grapevine hill #1, Loop camp #1, Solis #2, Nugent, and Hannold Draw.

Aren't the sites you just mentioned in the NP?
I'm trying to avoid the NP for camping, but the SP hopefully is "emptier".
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Offline elhombre

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Re: Trip Change and a question
« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2016, 11:14:59 AM »
Sorry, when I read " I pretty much know the National Park is booked up, but what does your camp sites look like next week?"  I thought you were asking about the campsites in the NP.  I don't much look at the forum people post in.  Guess I should.
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Re: Trip Change and a question
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2016, 12:20:48 PM »
Sorry, when I read " I pretty much know the National Park is booked up, but what does your camp sites look like next week?"  I thought you were asking about the campsites in the NP.  I don't much look at the forum people post in.  Guess I should.
It's all good. Thanks for the offer of help though.
I'll probably call the State Park after work today. I just want to get a feel for what's available.
I received an email not to long ago from one of my buddy's thats out there and he stated that it's pretty crowded in the park and in Terlingua.
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Offline TFree

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Re: Trip Change and a question
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2016, 04:51:13 PM »
I called the Ranch SP and they said there would be a good chance of getting a site, but that it was already hot during the day.  I'm planning on going for 3-4 nights on March 27th.  This is my first trip and I really don't have an awning or a good way to make shade and I using a tent.  Just building up my first overland rig (2015 JKUR) and I haven't committed to a system yet, so no roof rack, no trailer and as said, no awning.  Do you guys/gals think it will be too hot for hiking and/or should I plan on just sight seeing in the Jeep on the backroads?

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Offline Treeaggie

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Re: Trip Change and a question
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2016, 07:10:54 PM »
I called the Ranch SP and they said there would be a good chance of getting a site, but that it was already hot during the day.  I'm planning on going for 3-4 nights on March 27th.  This is my first trip and I really don't have an awning or a good way to make shade and I using a tent.  Just building up my first overland rig (2015 JKUR) and I haven't committed to a system yet, so no roof rack, no trailer and as said, no awning.  Do you guys/gals think it will be too hot for hiking and/or should I plan on just sight seeing in the Jeep on the backroads?

This is good to hear. I initially planned on traveling to Guadalupe Mountains National Park on the week of Easter, but am hesitant to travel that far when I can't reserve a site.  I know that BBNP is going to be madness, even if I stay outside the park at the Stilwell Store. This leaves me with a trip to BBRSP, which I'm now seriously considering. I spent a couple of days at the park in October and really enjoyed it. Thinking I may try to reserve a site by the river or do some backpacking.

If you take the jeep, or any automobile for that matter, make sure you've got everything you need to plug a tire, plus a spare. I generally carry a tool kit, extra fluids, air compressor and duct tape. The roads at the State Park and rough and remote. Nothing like the National Park.

As far as hiking goes, there are a couple of small day hikes that are close to Sauceda. Cinco Tinajas, Puerto Chilicote, Cueva Larga, Ojito Adentro are shorter hikes that would all be worth looking in to. Good luck!
« Last Edit: March 15, 2016, 07:31:59 PM by Treeaggie »

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Offline BlindWilly

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Re: Trip Change and a question
« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2016, 02:36:34 PM »
All my plans went down the toilet, so to speak.
Work Emergencies ruined my original week out there.
Lack of planning and enthusiasm ended up shutting the 2nd one down.
I'm slowly building up my rig as an expedition style rig. I first started with all the mechanical parts to keep it safe on the trail.
Now I'm deciding on getting a trailer. Till then I have a ground tent, a cot tent and a hammock for sleeping.
No awning yet, but I'm considering it.
I'd say hike early morning and late in the day... Wheel your rig during the day. There are some great places for both in the State Park.
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