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Roadside and Rio Grande advice

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Offline russell15324

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Roadside and Rio Grande advice
« on: June 08, 2016, 12:39:01 AM »
Hello! Planning on making my first trip to BB Sunday (solo). I have over a week free so I'll probably spend a lot of that time in BB before heading up to Guadalupe mountains, and in BB, I already have some plans in the Chisos mountains - planning on hiking the rim trails and camping there overnight.

But my questions are about what comes after:

I want to go down to a river outfitter and do one of those river trips where I canoe or kayak on the river then get picked up. Question is, what else can you recommend to do near the river?

Second, while on my way to the river, I'd like to take the opportunity to do some primitive car camping. What's a recommended place to do that, on the way from Chisos to the river?

And finally, I've been looking around of course but I'm really eager to hear any advice on other sights to see in BB, I'll really have a lot of time to spend there.

Thank you!

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Re: Roadside and Rio Grande advice
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2016, 12:40:45 AM »
I should mention my vehicle: a newish subaru crosstrek. so it's all wheel drive and sturdy, but kind of low clearance

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Re: Roadside and Rio Grande advice
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2016, 12:56:23 AM »
Not much to do along the river, except to hike into Santa Elena canyon, Boquillas canyon or the hot springs. As far as back country road camp sites,.you could do the first several ones on glenn spring road. Rice Tank has some awesome views and only takes about 15 minutes to get to it and your vehicle should be fine. You might be able to make it to glenn spring 2, but stay away from glenn Spring 1, you might get stuck in lower clearance.
You could make K-bar area as well as paint gap sites and croton spring. But my preferance is glenn spring 2 and rice tank as far as wide open views of the chisos

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Re: Roadside and Rio Grande advice
« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2016, 12:59:36 AM »
Water, water, water, its gonna be very hot this time of year, expect temps to get 100+ in lower elevations, will be cooler in the basin and along the south rim trail, but plan on it to be very hot. Drink lots of water and keep plenty with you

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Re: Roadside and Rio Grande advice
« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2016, 06:34:51 AM »
Here are some ideas:
1- car camp at the Twisted Shoe backcountry site in Juniper Canyon and day-hike to Fresno Creek or Upper Juniper Springs (both are ~10 miles round trip), these are both all-day hikes and fully exposed to the sun so be mindful of dehydration/heatstroke.
2- Bring your passport and go over to Boquillas Mexico and ride a horse around, go to Falcon's restaurant and the Park Bar.
3- Spend some time exploring the roadside attractions like Tuff Canyon, or take some of the shorter day hikes like Mule Ears Spring, Grapevine Hills, The Window, Lost Mine Peak, etc..

It will be hot during daylight hours especially in the lower elevations, don't underestimate your water needs and carry back-up water and/or purification tablets or filter, broad brim sun hat, sunscreen, etc..   Personally I would camp in the Basin and venture out during the day to lower elevations.  Watch your speed in the Park it's 45 mph and vigorously enforced with only 2 main roads.  TWWG

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Re: Roadside and Rio Grande advice
« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2016, 08:22:13 AM »


But my preferance is glenn spring 2 and rice tank as far as wide open views of the chisos

I'll second that

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Re: Roadside and Rio Grande advice
« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2016, 06:28:59 PM »
Thank you everyone, this is all super helpful and I think will improve my trip a lot!

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day-hike to Fresno Creek or Upper Juniper Springs

Are those high elevation, or desert-floor? I've heard some dire warnings about hiking at low elevation during the day.

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Re: Roadside and Rio Grande advice
« Reply #7 on: June 08, 2016, 06:44:39 PM »
Thank you everyone, this is all super helpful and I think will improve my trip a lot!

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day-hike to Fresno Creek or Upper Juniper Springs

Are those high elevation, or desert-floor? I've heard some dire warnings about hiking at low elevation during the day.

I would call both of those hikes and their destinations middle elevations (4000'+). Both are out and back hikes. If you start early morning, you could be back by noon. This all assumes you dress and pack for the desert, drink your water (but not too much), and use the scarce little shade when it does present itself. Enjoy your trip!

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Re: Roadside and Rio Grande advice
« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2016, 08:07:05 PM »
Going out to fresno creek is a good hike, but there is a lot of ups and downs, and im sure it will be pretty warm out there.

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Re: Roadside and Rio Grande advice
« Reply #9 on: June 09, 2016, 10:23:05 PM »
I hear there are affordable hotels in Boquillas - should I have any qualms about staying the night there?

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Re: Roadside and Rio Grande advice
« Reply #10 on: June 09, 2016, 11:33:15 PM »
I hear there are affordable hotels in Boquillas - should I have any qualms about staying the night there?

The people are very friendly over there, safety is not a concern, but I am un-sure of the quality of the rooms. you could have some 6 to 8 legged guest in the room with you. I dont think any of the "rooms" have air conditioning either

I hope someone who has stayed the night over there can chime in.
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Re: Roadside and Rio Grande advice
« Reply #11 on: June 10, 2016, 06:32:17 AM »
I have not stayed in Boquillas overnight for a couple decades.  I think Falcon's restaurant recently built some rooms that are reasonably nice but I have not stayed there.  I doubt anything in Boquillas will have AC because there is no land-line power supply.   But it all depends on the weather when you are there.   Be sure to be mindful of the hours and days the border crossing is open and bring your passport.  TWWG

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Re: Roadside and Rio Grande advice
« Reply #12 on: March 06, 2018, 10:45:11 PM »
Hope no one minds if I bump this old thread... I've been to BB 4 times since this trip I was asking about. The advice you guys gave really helped me have a great time. I went to Santa Elena Canyon, Boquillas. The next time I went I visited the hot springs. The third time I went I hiked to Mule ear springs and the fourth time I visited the Window. So in other words I got so many good times out of y'all's help.

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Re: Roadside and Rio Grande advice
« Reply #13 on: March 07, 2018, 06:51:25 AM »
Hope no one minds if I bump this old thread... I've been to BB 4 times since this trip I was asking about. The advice you guys gave really helped me have a great time. I went to Santa Elena Canyon, Boquillas. The next time I went I visited the hot springs. The third time I went I hiked to Mule ear springs and the fourth time I visited the Window. So in other words I got so many good times out of y'all's help.

Thanks for coming back and letting us know after so long, it great to hear that you have continued to return.   :great:
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