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Planning my first trip...

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Offline Nbstaats

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Planning my first trip...
« on: August 03, 2014, 10:48:34 PM »
Hi, first time posting. Planningu first trip to the park and have a few first timer questions: 

1) I have the option of going late September, mid-October, or early November. I enjoy cool weather. When is the best time?

2) I am bringing a pop up trailer. Where is the best place to stay for that type of set up? Coming in from Fort Worth and plan to play golf near Terlingua if that gives you an idea of our route.

3) I will only have a day and a half in the park. Suggestions on how to make the most of my time? There are so many things to do I don't know where to start!

Thanks!

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Re: Planning my first trip...
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2014, 07:17:20 AM »
Welcome to the board!  I would go early Nov. just make sure to avoid the Chili Cookoff the end of Oct. this year, unless you want to actually get caught up in the crowds.

Can't comment on the trailer but others will. 

I can't readily find it but kevint has a good run down on what to do on a first trip.

You will have a great time!
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Re: Planning my first trip...
« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2014, 11:09:41 AM »
Welcome!

I, too, would go early November.

For just a day and a half, I would:

--Drive the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive all the way to the end.  On that drive, I would do at least these hikes (all of these are relatively short and relatively flat):
 
       --Cattail Falls

       --Bottom of Burro Mesa Pouroff

       --Mule Ears Spring

       --Santa Elena Canyon

       --Visit Homer Wilson Ranch house and hike a short ways up Blue Creek through the hoodoos

  --In the Chisos, I would hike Lost Mine Peak (moderately strenuous)

--In the desert, I would hike Grapevine Hills (easy) and, if time permits, I would hike Pine Canyon (pretty easy with a short but steep climb at the end)

--One evening I would go to the hot springs

A popup trailer can be set up at just about any designated camping site (not just at the formal campgrounds).  I would shoot for the Basin campground up in the Chisos mainly because it is centrally located and has many services available nearby.

Whatever you do, take your time and enjoy yourself.  Don't try to do too much.   Carry plenty of water, even in November.
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Re: Planning my first trip...
« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2014, 07:37:36 PM »
all the above posts are right on. i would add that if want to do the lost mine and you should, get an early start. the sky is much clearer early morning giving better views.

 


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