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Hi everyone, in a few weeks, I will have the pleasure of making my first ever visit to Big Bend. While I've gathered quite a bit of information from this site as well as other places across the web, I'm still looking for suggestions and additions to my itinerary. Keep in mind, we'll will be staying in one of the Roosevelt Cottages in the Basin. On the first day, June 8th, we plan on driving down from Carlsbad, NM. I'm thinking about making the trip up Casa Grande once we get settled in. After that, I imagine we'll be pretty much done for the day. On the next day, we'll travel to the west side of the park, stopping at Burro Mesa, the Mule Ears Overlook, and Tuff Canyon, ending up at Santa Elena Canyon. I wanted to take it easy this day, but man, these all seem like places everyone would stop at. Anyway, at this point, day three will consist of waking up early and driving out to Black Gap Road. Once there, I plan on stopping somewhere near the base of Talley Mountain, and then climbing up the north side. (Right now I am unsure of whether or not Talley is feasible, I keep seeing warnings to limit activity out in the desert during the day.) Upon leaving Black Gap Road, we will travel to Boquillas Canyon, and then Ernst Tinaja on Old Ore Road. I feel as though my day three might be lacking, but we'll probably be exhausted after Talley. I don't have anything planned for day four, it will be a travel day, although, Dog Canyon really intrigues me.So, I guess I just don't want to go a bunch of places where there will be crowds of people, for example, that's why I chose Casa Grande over Emory. I feel like I have a few too many tourist-y spots picked out, and I would like to change that if possible. If anyone has any tips on making my trip any better, (or less hellish in the 110 degree sun) they would be greatly appreciated.Thanks,Matt
Don't skip Black Gap.
Why Black Gap?
Quote from: dprather on May 19, 2016, 06:34:04 AMWhy Black Gap?Rugged isolation in a Jeep with the top down, doors off, sweaty, dusty, listening to your flavor of tunes, immersed in the most beautiful and beguiling desert mountains in all of the Southwest, the Sierra Quemada. Nothing short of spiritual cleansing. That is why.Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G925A using Big Bend Chat mobile app
I'd say an hour from the Basin to the Black Gap turnoff is about right.
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