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Road closure

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Offline presidio

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Re: Road closure
« Reply #15 on: August 11, 2018, 11:48:11 PM »
I just hope they're not paving it. :icon_frown:

Probably not, since the work is not starting at the main paved road.

But, you never know. They could start in the middle and go to either end.

Paving would allow the needy masses a new place to be entertained as they follow the numbered stops in their guidebooks.
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Re: Road closure
« Reply #16 on: August 12, 2018, 07:50:29 AM »
Maybe they are fixing the bump right past the Pine Canyon turn off.
Maybe they are finally removing the shiny metal research monstrosity out in front of Rice Tank.
Maybe they are finally fixing the Juniper Canyon road past the Robber's Roost house turn off.
Maybe they are finally putting in a few more campsites in front of Chilicotal.
Maybe Monkeys will fly out...............

Good roads bring bad people, Bad roads bring Good

One thing for sure, they still haven't been able to find any money to spend on an improved permit system.  Something that is a known hazard, and affects the entire park.   :great:
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Re: Road closure
« Reply #17 on: August 12, 2018, 10:25:49 AM »
Not really related to current discussion, but I didn’t want to start another road closure thread. From the park Facebook page:

“Update on road closure, as of 8 AM on August 12
Continued heavy rain has closed the following until further notice: Boquillas Canyon Rd, Boquillas Port of Entry, Old Maverick Rd, Santa Elena Canyon Rd from Castolon.  Wet, muddy conditions exist on all dirt roads with many inaccessible. “

Santa Elena closures are fairly common, but I cannot remember Boquillas road being closed before.

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Re: Road closure
« Reply #18 on: August 12, 2018, 10:42:19 AM »
Not really related to current discussion, but I didn’t want to start another road closure thread. From the park Facebook page:

“Update on road closure, as of 8 AM on August 12
Continued heavy rain has closed the following until further notice: Boquillas Canyon Rd, Boquillas Port of Entry, Old Maverick Rd, Santa Elena Canyon Rd from Castolon.  Wet, muddy conditions exist on all dirt roads with many inaccessible. “

Santa Elena closures are fairly common, but I cannot remember Boquillas road being closed before.

Probably because the RGV area is getting a deluge - 2.85"  in in the past 24 hours
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Re: Road closure
« Reply #19 on: August 12, 2018, 10:44:08 AM »
“Update on road closure, as of 8 AM on August 12
Continued heavy rain has closed the following until further notice: Boquillas Canyon Rd, Boquillas Port of Entry, Old Maverick Rd, Santa Elena Canyon Rd from Castolon.  Wet, muddy conditions exist on all dirt roads with many inaccessible. “

Santa Elena closures are fairly common, but I cannot remember Boquillas road being closed before.

They should just close the entire park and be done with it.

This park has more pop-up closures for myriad reasons than anyplace I've ever seen.

Since the dirt roads have wet, muddy and inaccessible conditions, why haven't they closed those as well?

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Re: Road closure
« Reply #20 on: August 12, 2018, 10:47:59 AM »
I kind of like the "continued heavy rain" part  :icon_smile:  The roads will eventually open.

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Re: Road closure
« Reply #21 on: August 12, 2018, 10:50:26 AM »
I just saw a photo from yesterday on the Friends of Big Bend faceplace page. Tornillo creek was running full bank to bank.

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Re: Road closure
« Reply #22 on: August 12, 2018, 11:10:58 AM »
I just saw a photo from yesterday on the Friends of Big Bend faceplace page. Tornillo creek was running full bank to bank.

One of the many reasons to go there in the dead of summer. You get to see things few ever do, especially those not acquainted with deserts. "Why is there such a big bridge over that dry gully?"
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Re: Road closure
« Reply #23 on: August 12, 2018, 11:17:27 AM »
I just saw a photo from yesterday on the Friends of Big Bend faceplace page. Tornillo creek was running full bank to bank.

One of the many reasons to go there in the dead of summer. You get to see things few ever do, especially those not acquainted with deserts. "Why is there such a big bridge over that dry gully?"


Summer is normally the only time I go. I went in May this year and it was a bit too crowded for my taste. July had a few day trippers but was reasonably empty. I had one guy in a Lexus (whatever they call the used to be Land Cruiser) start following me onto Black Gap road but he (she? gender neutral?) came to the steep hill going down into the creek crossing before the cemetery and bailed. In other words, never really got started. I may be out there for one day on Friday. Depends on work, etc.

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Re: Road closure
« Reply #24 on: August 13, 2018, 08:12:08 AM »
I just saw a photo from yesterday on the Friends of Big Bend faceplace page. Tornillo creek was running full bank to bank.

One of the many reasons to go there in the dead of summer. You get to see things few ever do, especially those not acquainted with deserts. "Why is there such a big bridge over that dry gully?"

Exactly, August is a great time. I am about 7 trips reports behind and will be out there both the next two weekends. Hope to put something up before too long. Hopefully the rain keeps coming, as we have been getting a good amount all through West Texas this last week.
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