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this has happened in the past, the gov. closes for a couple of days. outrage ensues, media field day, the world looks at America and scratches it's head. odds are good that the gov. will reopen within a couple of days to a week. you should make a plan to visit to see the state park for insurance . in addition to closed canyon, rancherias canyon is also off 170, as is rancherias loop. you have to stop at the ranger station to get a permit, it's also right off 170, ask the rangers which hike might be best for you. i've always found the rangers in both parks very helpful.
I've been looking into the Rancherias Loop (3 day hike), we could indeed try to make a day trip out of it by turning back.
When I called they warned me that the road conditions in the State Park are in a very bad condition. We are renting a HC SUV but really don't want to push it and end up in damaging the car.
The 170 won't be a problem, but correct me if I'm wrong, this part can be seen (with stops) in a full day.
Quote from: Maurits on October 03, 2013, 06:30:44 PMI've been looking into the Rancherias Loop (3 day hike), we could indeed try to make a day trip out of it by turning back. I don't know if you've brought gear to camp out overnight? No, we don't. We're not planning to camp this time.Quote from: Maurits on October 03, 2013, 06:30:44 PMWhen I called they warned me that the road conditions in the State Park are in a very bad condition. We are renting a HC SUV but really don't want to push it and end up in damaging the car. BBRSP roads make River Road look like a parking lot.Exactly...that's one of my biggest concerns having a rental carQuote from: Maurits on October 03, 2013, 06:30:44 PMThe 170 won't be a problem, but correct me if I'm wrong, this part can be seen (with stops) in a full day.A leisurely day. You could knock it out (Lajitas -> Presidio -> Lajitas) in half a day.
If the park is still closed, I second the Colorado Canyon float option. The float itself takes about half a day, maybe a little more.
If the park is open, I disagree with spending a day and a half going through Santa Elena, especially since you only have two days for everything.
I've made reservations to stay at Sauceda for the 14th (1 night). We would like to see/hike Ojito Adentro and Cinco Tinajas. Could anyone give me some info on how long those hikes would take?
Cinco Tinajas is probably one of the most visited areas of BBRSP. This is partly due to very easy access from the main park road - one of a limited number of features you can get to by car. It is very pretty and definitely worth a stop.From the parking area there is a short trail that will take you about 0.5 miles to an overlook of the tinajas. From there you can follow a very faint route that will take you down to the upper tinaja, or you can backtrack to the main trail that will take you down to the lower portion.My favorite time to visit is right at sunset. I suggest parking and following the road just about 100 feet or so to the stream bed and following it down to the tinajas. The glow off the surrounding canyon walls and reflections off the pools are very mystical.If you are staying at Sauceda Station you can follow the creek bed that runs past the corral for just over a mile and it will take you directly to the upper tinaja. The route is very easy until the very end where you may have to be creative to keep your feet dry. This is another great evening trip - you may see many critters coming down to get a drink!
Here's my recommendations for day hikes:On your way into the park, hit Ojito Adentro trail for a short walk into a cool spring. Continue to Cinco tinajas which is short but very cool. You can also backtrack off of cinco tinajas trail down to the wash and continue northwest through Leyva canyon to find some other water holes and take a longer hike.
I would like to thank all of you for your great support&advice! Because of this we're going to have a great experience in this part of Texas, I'm sure! We'll have an early start tomorrow to catch our flight to Houston. When we'll be back I will write a trip report. Again: Thanks!
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