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Car or truck?

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Offline longhornpete

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Car or truck?
« on: October 09, 2007, 11:56:39 PM »
We will only be in the park for three days and it is our first trip so we will do the obvious trails and sights.  My car would make for a more comfortable 8-hour drive to the park, but do we need the truck for higher clearance on any roads?  I don't want to get there and not be able to do something for fear of scraping up the car.

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Re: Car or truck?
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2007, 01:22:41 AM »
On your first trip there is plenty to do without going down the dirt roads.  It all depends on if you want to or not.  If you do, take the truck.

Al

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Offline STARLITDARKNESS3

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Re: Car or truck?
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2007, 05:19:12 AM »
Al is right.  Plenty to do without off-roading.  Both Boquillas and Santa Elena are accessible by car (with small hikes) and even the Hot Spring can be reached with 'low' clearance.  No problem getting to the Chisos.  Unless you plan on seriously going out of the way, leave the truck at home. 

I have been to the trail-head of Ernst Tinaja and Grapvine Hills in a Kia Spectra, Slow driving but its been done.  Have fun.!!!
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Offline Casa Grande

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Re: Car or truck?
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2007, 06:59:38 AM »
agree, save the truck for your next trip, you'll want it then ;)

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Offline The Scorpion

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Re: Car or truck?
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2007, 09:49:13 AM »
several of the "dirt roads" can be accessed by low clearance car as long as you go slow and easy. Croton Springs Road, Dagger Flat auto Trail, Doug out Wells, Grapevine Hills (to get back to the ballanced rock) and the Hot Springs

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Offline Hiker79

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Re: Car or truck?
« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2007, 10:12:36 PM »
The Old Maverick road is pretty tame also.  Nice drive past Luna's Jacal.  Pretty tame road.

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Offline badknees

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Re: Car or truck?
« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2007, 10:14:40 PM »
My car would make for a more comfortable 8-hour drive to the park, but........


Buy a more comfortable truck! :icon_lol: :icon_lol:
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Offline STARLITDARKNESS3

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Re: Car or truck?
« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2007, 05:35:17 AM »
My car would make for a more comfortable 8-hour drive to the park, but........


Buy a more comfortable truck! :icon_lol: :icon_lol:

LOL.....  I have an Expedition, so it suits my needs... Nowadays trucks can be comfortable
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Offline RichardM

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Re: Car or truck?
« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2007, 09:36:22 AM »
With only three days there's plenty to do without hitting the backroads.  I'd say be comfortable and take the car.  After you fall in love with the place, you can scope out where to go next time with your truck!

 


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