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Going to big bend ranch state park and National Park, recommendations?

Discussion in 'Texas' started by USDashCamera, Jan 9, 2019.

  1. Jan 25, 2019 at 11:42 AM
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    USDashCamera

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    also, we are going in one vehicle, is it not recommended to go on old ore or black gap with only one vehicle? My stepdad was worried about going on any trails in only one vehicle. My truck is lifted 2-3" and I just have my stock jack. Probably will wanna bring a floor jack and jack stands too.

    If the trails are pretty moderate and there is a good chance of seeing others around then I feel like we'd be fine.
     
  2. Jan 25, 2019 at 6:36 PM
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    A floor jack is good for the floor, not really for a trail. Good luck.
     
  3. Jan 25, 2019 at 7:56 PM
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    Honestly it's not bad at all we did the trails on stock trucks and had no issues. It's nowhere near as hard as the park says it's pretty easy. It's always good to carry a jack and tools but dont think you'll need it. We did all the trails and no problems. Bundle up it will be cold. Post some pics
     
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  5. Jan 28, 2019 at 7:46 AM
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    whats not good about them as opposed to a bottle jack? I know everyone is obsessed with hi lifts but I also get told by mechanics/off roaders that hi lifts aren't as good as a bottle jack. also seen some say to use a floor jack instead of a bottle jack because its easier and more stable.

    https://www.ca*****rbibles.com/best-off-road-jack/

    this site (remove the stars) recommends the hi lift but says its not recommended for changing tires. I know you can use it in other ways for recovery too though.

    then the #2 most recommended jack is a floor jack style model and for off road use.
     
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  6. Jan 28, 2019 at 7:49 AM
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    how cold does it get? We will all have winter gear since we will be leaving from minnesota but I was assuming it wouldn't drop below freezing at night, or at least hoping lol. I winter camp too so it shouldn't be an issue. the wind chill is gonna be as low as -55 F here wednesday lol. air temp alone is expected to be -29 F.
     
  7. Jan 28, 2019 at 9:41 PM
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    Then you should be good with the gear. Have fun also now the three government is open so you can make a reservation in big bend calling grounds but do it soon
     
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  8. Jan 31, 2019 at 1:51 AM
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    We go there nearly every Thanksgiving. We love it! For an easy hike, look at the window. For a fairly short but pretty vertical (possibly for the family) check out lost mine trail. That's a couple of our favorites because they can each be done pretty quickly. Be sure to go to the hot springs too.
     
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  9. Feb 4, 2019 at 8:00 AM
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    getting excited to get out of this cold. It was -30/-55 windchill last wednesday here. Friend let me borrow his roof top tent so I can decide if I wanna buy one.

    rtt.jpg
     
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  10. Feb 4, 2019 at 4:30 PM
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    Great looking rig, ya it was cloudy and a little rain here today, temps in the low 70’s.
     
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    As others have said, the trails in the national park are pretty easy. I wouldn't worry about getting stuck so much as getting a flat. You're driving over lots of rock, so just watch out for the sharp ones. I think @Naveronski had two flats in one trip out there. Check your spare(s)!
     
  12. Feb 4, 2019 at 5:49 PM
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    Yeah, at the state park. Two sidewall gashes in ~20' on the Road to Nowhere.
     
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    Window view trail, me and my daughter did it last spring break. Super cool trail.
     

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