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Has anyone taken an off-road trip to Big Bend?

Discussion in 'Texas' started by jbmccul, Jan 13, 2012.

  1. Jan 13, 2012 at 11:14 PM
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    Was looking for a good place to take a week long offroad trip and was wondering if any of you Texas guys had been out there. I'm thinking the first week in August
     
  2. Jan 14, 2012 at 3:35 AM
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    Never been, though its on my list. Check out centraloverland.com. they have made several trips out there, good pics and info.
     
  3. Jan 14, 2012 at 6:09 AM
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    X2 for using info from central overland for info. I have read that the state park has more rugged trails than the national park.
     
  4. Jan 14, 2012 at 7:00 AM
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    I went out there about 10 years ago. It is VERY rugged in some areas. Plan on using 4x4. You will have to move some large rocks or find alternate routes down some roads (roads term is not quite accurate). The biggest problem we ran into is crossing old stream/river beds because the flash floods wash them out so bad and carry large boulders into the beds. The other problem (to avoid if possible) is the slick rock off angle approach and departures. Also be advised - the roads are only patroled once every couple of weeks ....at least that is what the signs say. We never saw a ranger in the 5 days we were there. But things along the river have changed a lot over the years. In some places you cannot even get radio reception. No guns or fires are allowed. Although we both took pistols with us....just in case. Saw lots of wild burrows and quite a few birds flying over that you could hear the air going over their wings. Checked out some old caves where miners had tried their hand at gold digging and watched dead cattle float down the Rio Grande - which you will not be able to see these days since it is so dry here in Texas. Be safe and have fun if you go.
     
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    Guns laws have sinced changed. Just don't display it or carry it in facilties and buildings at the parks.
     
  6. Jan 14, 2012 at 10:28 AM
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    Thanks, I'll definitely have to look into that.

    Thanks for the info. One of my fraternity brothers just came back from Big Bend and he said that the trails they went on were done in a stock 2wd Suburban. Hopefully bu then i'll be lifted w/ 285's but will still only be 2wd:( Good to know on the gun rules. Thats definitely one part of the country where I would want some heat with me. So the national park would be a better place for me to go it seems
     
  7. Jan 16, 2012 at 7:26 PM
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    We went a couple of years ago in November. Had a great time! I don't remember the roads being too bad. We did Black Gap road, which I think is the trickiest one there, in my jeep. I notice that you have a 2wd, so it might be a little tougher for you.

    Make sure you go on "The Window" hiking trail. Words cannot describe it. It's definitely a must if you drive all the way out there.
     
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    One thing to remember about getting out there is it really is a looong trip across Texas. The drive out there alone can wear a person out. Other than that I have some friends that go out there with their quads and side-by-sides every year and they love it out there.
     
  9. Jan 16, 2012 at 9:55 PM
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    Thanks for all the responses everybody!
     
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    X2 on what Tx_Shooter said. That drive if made in one day can wear a person out, but other than that its amazing out there. If you visit the Big Bend website they have a list of what they call their primitive dirt roads. Some are just rough as hell and others will require a vehicle with high clearance. I know they recommend a 4x4 for black gap rd though for sure.
     
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    Just a heads up: There is a section of hwy that spans 120 miles with no gas stations once you get to west tx.
     
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    Thanks, definitely plan on carrying some spare jerry cans around with me
     
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    I was there this past november. If you want to do any trails that are difficult head to the state park ranch, not the national park.

    If you have any questions pm me, I spent 4 days on dirt between the 2 parks.
     
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    Awesome man, thanks!

    I'm 2wd but plan on being lifted 3" on 33's when I go down there. Looking at doing a bunch of prerunning.

    However I will be with some 4x4's. Were you 2wd or 4wd?
     
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    I was running stock suspension with some new tires, 4x4. The National Park only called for 4x4 on black gap rd, and only for a short distance.

    State Park we did well over 100 miles in 4x4.
     
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    I took a trip to Big Bend Ranch State Park during the Christmas break and it was amazing. I had a 2wd Chevy so I stayed clear of some of the more rough trails but now I have my Tacoma 4x4 and I can't wait to get back out there. I recommend you stay at the Tres Papalotes camp site. I takes two to three hour to get there from the ranger station but it was well work it. Plus it has an outhouse, an abandoned cabin and some good hiking in the area.

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    Awesome, thanks guys!
     
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