Big Bend Ranch State Park - Dec 2017

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  1. tx_shooter

    tx_shooter Looking for my missing 10mm socket. Staff Member

    So the days I have off for this trip are Dec 27th - 31st. Generally I figure the first and last days as travel since BBRSP is so far out there. The current plan I have is to camp at a different site each night so as to have more time each day to drive the 4x4 trails and hike each day. I will update this post once I have more info ready. Currently I am thinking about going to Terlingua on the 26th so as to drive the Christmas Mountains.

    As for supplies; I am going to take a minimum of 15 gallons of gas and 5 gallons of water in a jug plus water bottles. Basic recovery gear is a must along with a shovel since the soil out there varies greatly depending on which part of the park you are in.

    There are good showers and bathrooms at the park headquarters but do not expect to go there daily. There are a good number of solar bathrooms through out the park now so as restroom use is not a big deal anymore.

    Campsites and Movement plan:

    Dec 27: Ojo Escondido Pens (2 sites reservered) has a bathroom

    Dec 28: Pila Montoya 1

    - will pass through Ranger Station for restrooms and showers-

    Dec 29: Javelin Pens (2 sites reserved)

    Dec 30: South Leyva has bathroom, close to showers

    Dec 31: Check out and head home

    Currently the sites can handle 8 people. If we get closer and need more I will call back. Camps are spread out enough we can explore/ drive/ hike in different parts of the park each day and end up at the next campground pretty easy. I will start working on a loose driving route to get the most from the park.

    Gear and Equipment for the Rig: At least good A/T tires, tire air gauge, a tire repair kit, and a 2M radio is a good suggestion.

    Current head count 10/17/2017: 3 rigs 5 people
    @tx_shooter +1
    @Jerry +1 yes
    @Yunohoo



    @Taco Loco was flaccid, now limp and most likely no.

    Had to back out...

    @unevolved
    friend of unevolved
     
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2017
  2. Silverback

    Silverback Known to eat paint chips

    I will be in Chicago over those days. :(
     
  3. CowboyTaco

    CowboyTaco Well-Known Member

    Interested. Need to confirm Christmas plans first.
     
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  4. unevolved

    unevolved Well-Known Member

    Hmm... tentatively in. Need to see how the holiday season develops, but I should be able to make it.

    What are temps going to be like?
     
  5. tx_shooter

    tx_shooter Looking for my missing 10mm socket. Staff Member

    Last time I was out there that week we got 2-4" of snow in the first two days. After that it was mid 50s.
     
  6. Taco Loco

    Taco Loco Tired and Lazy, married to a Laundry Fairy

    We will be doing something based on how much vacation I have, and how well hunting season goes, lol, but it is kinda late for my planning, wife still wants to spend a day or two Alpine
     
  7. Taco Loco

    Taco Loco Tired and Lazy, married to a Laundry Fairy

    And I was about 100 miles SE of tx_shooter in the BB National Park and we got 4in of snow on the desert floor and over 6in the mountains

    but honestly it is a hit or miss on snow, sometimes the high can reach low 70's in December just depends on the amount of cold fronts
     
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  8. unevolved

    unevolved Well-Known Member

    Gotcha, thanks. I think my odds of convincing my tent warmer/wife to go are somewhere between "no thanks" and "fuck no."
     
  9. tx_shooter

    tx_shooter Looking for my missing 10mm socket. Staff Member

    It was a freak storm though. Usually the temps are pretty nice in the winter.
     
  10. tx_shooter

    tx_shooter Looking for my missing 10mm socket. Staff Member

    Reserving camp sites tomorrow; many of the sites I wanted are already reserved so I am going to try to jump on them asap.
     
  11. Silverback

    Silverback Known to eat paint chips

    If you really want off the beaten path look at the "panhandle" section of the park. When we were there the Rangers said it was the most rugged area. Like Lower Alamito or Casa Ramon. Ranger told us that was pretty good wheeling.
     
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  12. tx_shooter

    tx_shooter Looking for my missing 10mm socket. Staff Member

    If I have another moderately built up rig with me - yes. Alone - pass.
     
  13. tex

    tex Keeper of the 10mm sockets

    Wish I could go so we can explore that panhandle section.
     
  14. balakay

    balakay $20 is $20.

    Not in the cards this year. Arkansas will be my last shindig for a while. One of these days I'll get down there though.
     
  15. tx_shooter

    tx_shooter Looking for my missing 10mm socket. Staff Member

    I got confirmation from @Jerry so that is at least one other rig; but no armor or high clearance.
     
  16. balakay

    balakay $20 is $20.

    There's time enough for him to change that before the trip.
     
  17. unevolved

    unevolved Well-Known Member

    I'm a firm "maybe."
     
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  18. tx_shooter

    tx_shooter Looking for my missing 10mm socket. Staff Member

    Due to restrictions on the number of vehicles at a campsite I am going to go ahead and reserve the spots at group sites.
     
  19. Taco Loco

    Taco Loco Tired and Lazy, married to a Laundry Fairy


    It's happened to me the last 2 times we gone.
    I'm a super freak, super freak, super freaky
     
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  20. Taco Loco

    Taco Loco Tired and Lazy, married to a Laundry Fairy

    Not firm, but I'm a limp "maybe".
     

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