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Hi everyone!So I'm planning a trip with 2 other guys and we are leaving from Ft. Worth. I put together an itinerary from ideas from this forum and other sites and wanted yalls thoughts/opinions. Is it doable, are we making the most out of our time there? What issues could we come across? We will be driving in a 4runner and im nervous about things I read trying to get to Ernst. We plan on staying in Chisos so if yall have any insight on the best campsite that isn't too close to others but also has a nice view and grill that would be great! We are super pumped about this trip. Planning it for mid-late April OR mid-late May.....Day1 - Thursday 3:30 AM Leave Ft. Worth for Big Bend (8.5hrs) 1:00 PM Arrive at Chisos Basin Campground - setup camp2:00pm Drive to Santa Elena (1.7 mile hike) out and back4:45pm Head back to Camp 5:30pm Leave for Window Cattail Trails 7:00pm Dinner; eat a good meal. Hike Friday is long Day 2 - Friday Bring headlamps**** 7:15am Leave for Emory Peak + South rim (15 miles ) 7.5 - 8.5 hours Difficult7:30am Park by stone cabins and start from Laguna Meadow Trail to South Rim4:30pm Back to camp. Shower and change 6:00pm Chisos Mountains Lodge Restaurant Day3 - Saturday - Bring passport 7:15 AM Leave for Lost Mine Trail (4.6 miles) "2 hours, bears/mountain lions"10:00 AM Leave Boquillas Crossing Port of Entry 11:00am Arrive in Boquillas - Eat at Jose Falcon’s Restaurant & Bar1:30pm Leave for Ernst Tinaja Trail (if we can make it in the 4runner) OR goto Hot Springs Historic Area.3:45PM Head back to Chisos 5:30pm Food ?
Just checked the site and looks like everything is booked. I will call tomorrow and see if I can do a first come first serve if there are any.
As you enter the campground, you'll see this on your right before you get to the campsites. Grab a form and take it with you (make sure you have a pen to fill it out). If you see an open unreserved site, fill out the form and leave the tear-off portion in the clip on the numbered post marking the site. Then fill out the envelope and put your check or cash in it and put it in the Iron Ranger. If you don't find an open one or see anyone packing up to leave, find the campground host and see if he knows of any open sites or ones coming open. On busy days he'll be out walking the campground. He'll usually have a clipboard. Not sure if he wears a uniform shirt or not, but he's always been wearing something green when I've talked to him. I'd recommend printing out this map and taking it with you. That way if the host says #59 is open you'll know how to find it. You'll also know which ones are the reserveable ones.
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