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Is there any way you can leave earlier than 9AM? Leaving at that time would put you in the park around 6. Push that ahead a couple of hours and you might be able to get your backcountry permit on arrival. Snagging an open Chisos Basin campground site at that time of day during spring break would require a mid-size miracle. If you stay outside the park (Marathon, Study Butte, etc), beating the crowd the next morning just requires getting up and on the road early. Unfortunately there's no way to predict which backcountry sites are most likely to be open. Getting your permit on Wednesday opens up your options quite a bit.
Does the itinerary seem doable or is it trying to fit too much in?
Howdy everyone! I just heard about Big Bend Chat so I thought Iíd come over and check it out! Iím planning a trip out to the park in mid March and have an itinerary planned out and wanted to run it by the experts to get some opinions.First, Iíll start by saying that this will be a relatively short trip so I already know Iím trying to pack a lot into a little time, but really Iím just looking to get a taste of all the park has to offer so that I can figure out where Iíd like to spend more time in the future. I have a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon so there really isnít anything that should be too technical off-road wise.So hereís the rundown, let me know what you think. If it seems too ambitious please let me know. Also Iíd love opinions on campsites for Day 2.Day 1 - Wednesday Leave Waco around 9AMCampsite: -??? Chisos Mountain Lodge is fullActivities: -Arrive around 6pm and Sleep -Maybe get backcountry permits if still openDay 2 - ThursdayCampsite: -Twisted Shoe or Pine Canyon #5 or Robbers RoostActivites: -Wake up early and go get backcountry permits at Chisos Basin Visitorís center -The Window Trail -Drive to Pine Canyon #5 or Twisted Shoe or Robbers RoostDay 3 - FridayCampsite: -Ernst TinajaActivities: -Black Gap Road and River Road East -Hot Springs -Fuel at RGV -Drive to CampDay 4 - SaturdayCampsite: -Airbnb in TerlinguaActivities: -Drive Scenic Main Roads -Santa Elena Canyon -Dinner and Fun at Starlight TheatreI'd really like some guidance on the Day 2 campsites and also the whole day 1 into day 2 process. We were going to stay in the Chisos mountain lodge for that night, but it's all full apparently. Where would be the best place to stay on Wednesday night so that we can get up early on Thursday morning and make it to the visitor's center before the crowds so that we can get the best shot at our campsites?Thanks in advance!
Mesquito and Txlj - tell me a bit more about Black Gap. I'm planning to be in BiBE in late February and hoping to be in a Jeep. If I am, it will be new and while I don't plan to baby it, I don't want pin striping the first month. I know a bit about Black Gap and the "pinch" and I'm not too worried, planning to take it slow and easy. I'm a bit more worried about how close to side vegetation is. Can that be avoided?
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