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Where does zone camping begin on the Juniper Canyon Trail?

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Offline Flash

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Where does zone camping begin on the Juniper Canyon Trail?
« on: March 28, 2016, 10:37:16 PM »
Where does zone camping begin exactly on the Juniper Canyon Trail? I gather that it starts somewhere below Upper Juniper Spring but the various maps I have consulted are pretty vague. I an guessing from these maps that the boundary is between a 1/4 and a 1/2 mile below the spring junction.  Are the Rangers particularly fussy about this or are they happy to leave things kind of fuzzy? I am looking for a nice spot to camp overnight and would welcome any suggestions of pleasant spots to pitch the tent.

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Re: Where does zone camping begin on the Juniper Canyon Trail?
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2016, 10:48:12 PM »
Zone camping begins below Upper Juniper Springs but the nearest ~flat spot big enough for a tent is about 1/5 mile downhill from Upper Juniper Springs along the trail.  There are 2-3 spots below Upper Juniper about a 10-15 minute hike downhill, these are nice sites with open views of Lost Mine Peak and back up towards boot canyon and Roger Toll Mtn etc.    Water is reliable from Upper Juniper Springs so you have a reliable nearby water source and the sites are big enough for 2 small tents.  I have camped here before and enjoyed it, you can hear people yelling from the saddle of the Lost Mines Trail above but only during daylight hours.   Great place I highly recommend it.  TWWG

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Re: Where does zone camping begin on the Juniper Canyon Trail?
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2016, 10:28:07 PM »
Thanks for the reply, TWWG!  :icon_smile:  I ended up selecting the last campsite before the trail starts climbing more steeply up toward Upper Juniper Spring or first obvious campsite as one comes down from the spring, whichever way you like. Check out the views from this site in the attached photos!  :great:

In the first view, I could just barely make out the buildings at Boquillas on the edge of the River.

The second shot lets me see the Boot from an angle I had never imagined before. Yes, that is a Texas Mountain Laurel blooming in my campsite.
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Re: Where does zone camping begin on the Juniper Canyon Trail?
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2016, 09:20:14 PM »
Nice photos,  it's a great site, last time I camped there about a decade ago was a very wet year and water was running across small falls right below the campsite.  I could not get down to it but the sound of the trickle was nice at dusk and very soothing at night.  It's not often you can go to sleep in your tent at night in big bend and hear nothing at all except the sound of water falling over rocks.  TWWG

 


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