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visiting big bend ranch state park in July

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Offline riverdogrescuer

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visiting big bend ranch state park in July
« on: May 22, 2019, 07:02:52 PM »
Is there any area of the Big Bend Ranch state park that is at an elevation that makes it cooler than the surrounding desert floor like Chisos in the national park.  I know how hot it gets in July, I've been before, but the milky way is in her full glory and that's what I chase.  Just checking out the state park vs the national park.  I drive a stock Jeep wrangler JK unlimited, so I can go all but the most extreme places.  Thanks in advance for any advice you can give me about keeping cool, relatively speaking.

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Re: visiting big bend ranch state park in July
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2019, 08:28:49 AM »
Sauceda and the Bofecillos uplands are certainly cooler than the river canyons, but you will find nothing like a sky island in BBRSP
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Re: visiting big bend ranch state park in July
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2019, 09:27:50 AM »
Is the bunkhouse air conditioned ?

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Re: visiting big bend ranch state park in July
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2019, 07:54:46 PM »
It is, and you'll often have it to yourself in the summer. Its a great place during the monsoons.

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Re: visiting big bend ranch state park in July
« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2019, 10:45:49 PM »
It is, and you'll often have it to yourself in the summer. Its a great place during the monsoons.

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We stayed there a couple of years ago in November. Big kitchen, good showers, nice beds, I wasn't sure about the a/c , but that clinches it. THERES YOUR COOL SPOT, Riverdog.

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Re: visiting big bend ranch state park in July
« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2019, 01:15:50 AM »
It is, and you'll often have it to yourself in the summer. Its a great place during the monsoons.

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Re: visiting big bend ranch state park in July
« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2019, 04:17:28 AM »
It is, and you'll often have it to yourself in the summer. Its a great place during the monsoons.

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My first time in BBRSP was about 10 years ago in early/mid August.  My trip had to be moved up about six weeks but I was determined, no matter how hot it was. Turned out to be gorgeous.  In 5 days it got above 90 degrees once. I remember pushing my bike with a flat tire, in the rain, from Sauceda to my camp at Yedra 2.  I got to the stock tank just as a little flash flood came out of the draw and started filling it up.

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Re: visiting big bend ranch state park in July
« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2019, 02:43:03 PM »
What about Papalote de la Sierra up in the NW side?  It's kind of up higher than the surrounding land. 
It's the most northern campsite if I remember correctly. Only lights you might see besides the stars is Los Alamos Ranch off to the east.
Also, you'll love driving up that way, it'll give the Jeep a workout.
I would suggest driving up West Casa Piedra Trail, then cut over east toward cat spring and follow the trail till you get to the windmill.
Video 1: Heading up W Casa Piedra

Video 3:  Heading to Cat Spring, Papalote De La Sierra then Casa Ramon (At the 7:55 mark is where we crossed back past W Casa Piedra to head east.)


Here's some photos I took from the windmill looking east.
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