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Parking for South Rim trip

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Offline HeikeDog

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Parking for South Rim trip
« on: December 14, 2011, 10:54:48 PM »
Where do I leave my car for 5 days?  We'll be staying the first night in the Chisos Basin campsites (#42 ... I hope it's a good one!) and the last night at the Chisos Mountain Lodge.

Just as importantly, will my Prius have any difficulty even getting to the Chisos Basin?  I read extremely large vehicles would be risky on the winding and / or rough roads, but what about low-to-the-ground small cars?




Offline jeffblaylock

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Re: Parking for South Rim trip
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2011, 11:12:43 PM »
There's plenty of parking. The hotel, store and trailhead share a large parking area. The road is fully paved and easily passable for all cars. There are several very sharp switchbacks, which is way longer vehicles are discouraged from driving it (They do anyway.).
Jeff Blaylock
Austin, Texas

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