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Chisos in late Feb/early March

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Chisos in late Feb/early March
« on: January 08, 2012, 07:42:58 PM »
I'm looking to do a few day backpacking trip through the Chisos in late February but I had a few questions:

1. I read that the SE & NE Rim trail will be closed b/c of falcons during this period.  How much will this change my experience seeing the Chisos for the first time in my life?  Would it be enough to try to come at a different time of year?

2.  Should I expect any of the spring in the Chisos to be running at this point?

3.  What's the likelihood we could do some kind of kayak/canoe unguided float trip down some portion of the Rio Grande at this time of year? 

Thanks for all your help!

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Re: Chisos in late Feb/early March
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2012, 08:46:51 PM »
I'm looking to do a few day backpacking trip through the Chisos in late February but I had a few questions:

1. I read that the SE & NE Rim trail will be closed b/c of falcons during this period.  How much will this change my experience seeing the Chisos for the first time in my life?  Would it be enough to try to come at a different time of year?

Not a bit. You will be overwhelmed by the rest of the Rim (SW), which is not affected by the closure

2.  Should I expect any of the spring in the Chisos to be running at this point?

Not in the high Chisos unless it rains. There may be water in the tinajas in Upper Boot Canyon, and water may be available at Upper Juniper Spring, if your plan takes you in that direction. Water is tough in the Chisos in winter and doubly so in the current drought condition.

3.  What's the likelihood we could do some kind of kayak/canoe unguided float trip down some portion of the Rio Grande at this time of year?

Probably best to check with http://bigbendfarflung.com/ These guys and gals will know the current river conditions as you get closer to your trip, They can also assist you if you need a shuttle.
Thanks for all your help!
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