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Zone camping suggestions

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Offline FatPacker

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Zone camping suggestions
« on: December 29, 2017, 05:38:52 PM »
I need your help /recommendations

Can someone give recommendations on which zone is best to camp in for one night where we can park on or near the pavement but not walk more than a couple of miles r.t.

Don't scold me for picking this weekend to come to BIBE but this is the only chance we had to get out here.... And Santa brought me a new backpack that I need to try out.
We only have 2 nights (Sat &Sun) to camp and have 2 friends with us who have never been to Big Bend so we have to get up to the south rim at some point while here.
Looking at El Campo, all the Chisos sites are gone, as are most of the roadside camp sites, at least for Saturday night.
We are in Alpine tonight and will be at Panter Junction tomorrow when they open
We are planning to zone camp Saturday night, then snag whatever we can get in the mountains for Sunday. The problem is, we are in a Honda Fit and really should not stray very far from pavement

Can someone give recommendations on which zone is best to camp in for one night where we can park on or near the pavement but not walk more than a couple of miles r.t.
We have fairly lightweight gear but want to be able to get to the Basin early Sunday to make a full day of it there, and hopefully make it up Emory too.

PS. Blue Creek zone is full too





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Re: Zone camping suggestions
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2017, 06:15:24 PM »
Park at the Mule Ears over look and go into that zone or on over to the Smoky Creek zone.  You know that trail, easy with water

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Re: Zone camping suggestions
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2017, 08:53:37 PM »
The Ward Spring zone might do well for you also and is not far from the Basin.

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Re: Zone camping suggestions
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2018, 08:38:25 AM »
Thank you for the input.
As I feared, by the time we arrived Saturday (first in line) there were zero Chisos campsites, no roadside sites and all the campgrounds were posted as full.
We signed up for zone camping at Mule Ears one night and BC1 for our second night.
while driving around and enjoying the 78 degree weather we swung thru Cottonwood campground on our way to see Santa Elena canyon... lo and behold one campsite opened up and we took it.
Not a fan of campgrounds, but since we wanted a really early start for hiking the mountains, this was a better option.
We did manage to get a super early start, hike up pinnacle trail and walked most of the South Rim. Did not have enough daylight to summit Emory though.
Hiked down Monday AM and just beat the super cold front that arrived about 9 am
all in all, a really fast, busy but rewarding trip.
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Re: Zone camping suggestions
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2018, 09:36:46 AM »
I was on my way out early Saturday afternoon. Stopped at PJ, parking lot was full, people everywhere and a line out the door to get a permit. I overheard people in the lot discussing "options" as they try to figure out where they were going to stay since everything was full. There was a steady stream of vehicles coming in as I was leaving.

 


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