Big Bend Conservancy
With time so short, get Subway at Fort Stockton. The lodge can and usually is very slow. You can check in at the ranger station up by the lodge, but if you are going to stay down near the border, get your permit at Panther. The rangers at the basin are 50/50 if they will even do a permit in the first place. Stay in Gravel pit campsite for going to the border. Your truck is safer at the crossing than at Fort Stockton.You are required to have a permit if you do any camping in the park. Camp ground, or roadside campsite, or backpacking.
Assuming there is someone at the entry kiosk, you "check in" to the park as you are entering. If not, and you are coming down 385 from Marathon, you will probably check in and pay your fees at the Persimmon Gap Visitor Center. The Panther Junction VC is conveniently located in the middle of the park, so if Persimmon Gap VC is closed, then it's better to check in at PJ than wait until the Basin.The Pine Canyon sites would be good for your itinerary, unless you would prefer to stay closer to the river. Your truck should be safe parked at the Port of Entry. Lots of security there.
I've camped along the river and didn't experience any difficulties. The criminal element would have to go considerably out of their way to get to you.
The Glenn Spring , Pine Canyon, Rice Tank Robbers Roost campsites are excellent for what you specked out. The drive from this area south (Glenn Springs Rd} to river road is excellent. Beautiful country. You will not bottom out or scratch your truck anywhere on this rd. I just did it last week....no pin striping... I have the Glenn Springs Rd as one of my favorites as far as scenic quality. Walk a 100 yards down Black Gap and see if water is running across the road. Check in at Persimmon, I found the two rangers that helped me to be super friendly and they were not backed up with campers, PJ had a line out the door...
You might want to consider camp sites along Old Ore Road.
Quote from: catz on March 08, 2017, 10:14:29 AMYou might want to consider camp sites along Old Ore Road. Old Ore Rd definitely caught my interest but I am just a little concerned that I could damage something on my truck, or get some "battle scars" on it. Is it a road I could do, in your opinion, and not damage a stock truck? Thanks
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