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Hi all, My husband and I took some time off next Wednesday through Saturday for some kind of trip but have yet to make real plans. We thought of going to GUMO- we've never been. It looks like it should be a good time weather and foliage wise. I have a couple of concerns, though: - Usually when we go to Big Bend, we do a few days of car camping at primitive roadside campsites and we drive around the park to get to day hikes. I like the balance of seclusion and privacy with still being able to have a car full of amenities that the roadside campsites offer. We have also done some backpacking in Big Bend and otherwise and I love that, but I'm probably not ready for a full Wednesday-Monday of it... yet So anyway, my concern is that this "middle ground" camping I like isn't an option at GUMO, we would either need to stay in a campground with other folks or backpack to campsites in the mountains.- It seems that you cannot easily drive around the park, right? i.e., you can't drive from Dog Canyon to Pine Springs, you would have to go alllll the way through Carlsbad then around the park. After doing some reading on here and with with those things in mind, I'm having trouble coming up with a way to "have it all". Of course I'd like to hike Guadalupe Peak. McKittrick Canyon seems like it can't be missed this time of year. At first I thought we could stay at Dog Canyon and have more seclusion then day hike in these areas, but the logistics of that seem crazy. So now I'm wondering about these options:- should we just camp in Pine Springs and do day hikes from there? How accessible is McKittrick Canyon from there? There seems to be some Pine Springs campground hate on here-how crowded is the campground relative to the Chisos Basin campground? I'm not a huge fan of driving hours out of the city only to sleep yards away from another tent but that may be the most convenient thing to do. - A variation on above- we could do Guadalupe peak as an overnight but spend the rest of the time camping in the Pine Springs campground- are there enough other day hikes to do from this area to keep us busy for a few more days before or after Guadalupe peak?- Or should we camp at Dog Canyon and do day hikes from there? I'd hate to miss the park's namesake, but would the solitude here be worth it? It sounds like you can hike to McKittrick Canyon from there. It also sounds like some of the hikes here can be just as nice as Guadalupe peak.I'm curious to hear yalls expert opinions and recommendations and how you have most enjoyed the park. Of course, another option is to just go to Big Bend yet again before last minute primitive roadside camping trips there are way less feasible with the new reservation system. Is it weird that I feel like I *should* go see somewhere new but I deep down, I really want to go back to Big Bend? There's just something magical about it... I know all of you understand Thanks!- Allison
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