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I know this post is getting to be an old one, but I thought I would breath some new air into it with a few photos from the Pinto Canyon Road. We drove this road from Marfa to the http://www.chinatihotsprings.com/ Chinati Hot Springs and then back to FM-170 at Ruidosa, Texas. I was wondering if anyone had driven then road from FM-170 through to the Chispa Road? I have some land off of Chispa Road and wanted to make the Pinto Canyon / Chispa Road drive. I know some skilled dualsport drivers have done it, but I was wondering if any 4x4 enthusiast have made the entire haul?http://www.panoramio.com/photos/original/22166326.jpgStart of the 10 miles of road in the Pinto Canyon Ranchhttp://www.panoramio.com/photos/original/22166658.jpgAn old truck along the wayhttp://www.panoramio.com/photos/original/22170117.jpgThis is right before you make it into Ruidosa, TexasEnjoy,Derrick Perrindeeperrin@bigboxpro.com
I drove up Chispa road, what 170 becomes at Ruidosa, probably 15-20 miles -well past the gauging station. It was slow going due to the overgrowth, but the road was in fine shape 10 years ago or so. Very boring, but spooky drive - expect a drug lord at every bend - one way most of the way and few places for vehicles to pass. I believe in the hayday of Pablo Acosta - crossings were used to ferry the cash crops into the states. I bet now days the DHS/CBP keeps a sharp eye on the road with the influx of agents in the Marfa sector - easy to drive across the river at several points. No doubt there are road sensors too. Ran into a hoard of Border Patrol, pre DHS/CBP, going up Pinto Canyon road to Marfa. BTW - I certainly wouldn't expect any cell service out that way if you get stuck or have a couple of flat tires... Many good links out there with information if you do a search for Chispa road texasSome good pics of the area @ http://tinyurl.com/shanea011 - neat PVC shelter they setup.
My brother in law and I rode Pinto Canyon road from Ruidosa to the pavement of F.M.2810 and then turned around and went back to the Chinati Hot Springs for a look see. We then returned to the pavement of Hwy 170. Here is a sort of boring time lapse of it.
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