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Chinati Mountains State Area Update

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Offline P-T Boundry Hiker

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Chinati Mountains State Area Update
« on: March 12, 2014, 12:56:05 PM »
Hi,
While I have monitored this site for some time I only just now joined so this is my first post.  I notice that there has not been much info listed on the Chinati Mountains lately.  I have contacted BB Ranch State Park as they were the care keepers at one time (and may still be) but have not been able to gain much info from the staff.  Does anyone have any updated info on the Chinatis. Any idea who to contact to ask about this park, if access can be gained and any volunteer programs that are available.  Thanks to all in advance for any light that can be shed on this interesting mountain range and the State Park that I hope will open in my lifetime.

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Offline blubear

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Re: Chinati Mountains State Area Update
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2014, 08:20:18 PM »
I'd also like to know if anybody has more info...

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Re: Chinati Mountains State Area Update
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2014, 11:31:39 AM »
BE careful how u vote in Nov.  TPWD is so woefully under funded they can barely keep toilet paper on the hanger.

http://www.chron.com/sports/outdoors/article/State-game-warden-career-no-cakewalk-5218131.php

http://www.kens5.com/news/KRONKOSKY-SNA-199205351.html

be viligant, look for a "land sale presidio county"

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Offline guc126

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Re: Chinati Mountains State Area Update
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2014, 02:10:25 PM »
Was able to negotiate a $50 a head, 2 person minimum, all day visit with a BBRSP staff member a couple of years back, but he did say it would probably be a waste of our money. He said none of the accessible areas are at high elevation. He didn't seem too disappointed that we didn't take him up on his offer.

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Offline Quatro

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Re: Chinati Mountains State Area Update
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2014, 04:47:08 PM »
TPWD is so woefully under funded they can barely keep toilet paper on the hanger.

I like this quote:  If parkland is given to the people and no one ever sees it, is it still a park?

Unfortunately, parks are not a priority for Texans that vote.
When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro - HST

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Offline steelfrog

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Re: Chinati Mountains State Area Update
« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2014, 08:36:37 AM »
So Chinati itself still won't be accessible?

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Offline Flash

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Re: Chinati Mountains State Area Update
« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2014, 08:40:09 AM »
Steel, the article says TPWD is still working on acquiring a 20-acre strip of land to link it to another piece of land on HWY 170.  :eusa_whistle:

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Offline steelfrog

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Re: Chinati Mountains State Area Update
« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2014, 09:02:15 AM »
Right; that's to access the 60 sq. mile Chinati Mountains State Natural Area--which does not include Chinati Peak; anyone have a map of this area?  Of the natural area plus where Chinati Peak is?

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Offline bikin7

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Re: Chinati Mountains State Area Update
« Reply #9 on: April 07, 2014, 10:11:48 PM »

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Offline steelfrog

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Re: Chinati Mountains State Area Update
« Reply #10 on: April 08, 2014, 08:29:24 AM »
Thanks--so it looks like Chinati Peak itself isn't in the park but is just east of one of the northern borders.

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Offline Desert_Dave

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Chinati Mountains State Natural Area
« Reply #11 on: April 11, 2014, 09:21:13 AM »
Looks like some forward progress is finally being made to give the public access to this land. 

The state should have land purchased for an easement in the next few weeks, according to the article, although park infrastructure is still months away (most likely longer IMO).

I am cautiously optimistic however, and eagerly await the chance to visit a new park!

http://bigbendnow.com/2014/04/chinati-mountains-park-opening-to-public-access-after-18-years/

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Offline P-T Boundry Hiker

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Re: Chinati Mountains State Area Update
« Reply #12 on: June 24, 2014, 11:15:22 AM »
I'm with Desert_Dave on eagerly awaiting this area to open.  It has been 18 years.  Even the TX Parks & Wildlife should be able to do SOMETHING in that amount of time.  Seems to me this department needs a different funding source.  I would like to see the State have work days (probably more like work weeks or months) where the general public could sign up to help build infrastructure in the area so it could open for public use, even if it is limited.

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Offline Geezer

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Re: Chinati Mountains State Area Update
« Reply #13 on: June 24, 2014, 10:19:27 PM »
TPWD gets badmouthed a lot, but many of their shortcomings are due to the legislature. Not a political remark, just facts about where the money goes or doesn't go. For a lucid discussion see the following :  http://www.chron.com/sports/article/Tompkins-The-truth-behind-hunting-and-fishing-2078600.php

Geezer

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Re: Chinati Mountains State Area Update
« Reply #14 on: June 25, 2014, 09:26:30 AM »
Thanks for the kind words and excellent link, Geezer.
"The greatest happiness possible to man ... is to become civilized, to know the pageant of the past, to love the beautiful,... and then, retaining animal instincts and appetites, to live in the wilderness"
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