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On 1/9/2019 at 10:10 AM, Anton Chigurh said:

I knew there was a thread for this but I couldn’t find it. Thanks for UnivTex34 for pointing me this way.

I have been to BIBE several times and along the river road, but had never been to the interior of the state park until this past weekend.

Some of you have seen some of these since I cross posted them to the camping thread but here are some from that trip as well as some NP photos from a trip I took in early December.

La Mota Mountain

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Sunset at Papalotito Colorado.

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Full pila near Tres Papalotes.

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La Mota from Papalotito Colorado.

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DOM rock from Fandango. The original one from before the movie is up above it.

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You can also see Casa Grande and Emory Peak from here.

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Small agave on the South Rim.

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And these were actually taken on 35mm.

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I also have lots of photos of many of the things down there if anyone is wanting to see anything in particular.

Nice pics.  I've been to almost every corner of the state except Big Bend, so it's on the top of my list to get out there hopefully in the Spring.

What kind of carmera do you use?  I saw some pics you posted on the Utah Parks thread and they are just outstanding.  

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Nice pics.  I've been to almost every corner of the state except Big Bend, so it's on the top of my list to get out there hopefully in the Spring.
What kind of carmera do you use?  I saw some pics you posted on the Utah Parks thread and they are just outstanding.  


Thanks! I use a Canon 5D Mark IV. A few of the ones from the other thread were shot on a Canon 7D Mark I. You don’t need that kind of camera for most of these photos, though. Good glass is more important. I mainly use the Canon 24-105 F/4L and the Canon 16-35 F4L.

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We going out in a couple of weeks and not acting poor for a change -- Friday night at the Gage, Saturday at Lajitas.  Can't wait. 

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Planning a three-day hiking trip with primitive camping over Spring Break with my son (11 years old).  At first glance, I'm thinking of doing the outer loop.  Any recommendations on that or other trails?  We can stretch it to a four day trip if needed.  What are priorities to see / do?  Go for one loop, or break it up into other individual trips?
If you can stretch it to 4 days like you mentioned santa elena canyon and the window are good ones to do after you finish/before you start outer loop

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How crowded is it for primitive camping at Spring Break?  How difficult is it to get a backcountry permit during that time?

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How crowded is it for primitive camping at Spring Break?  How difficult is it to get a backcountry permit during that time?
Spring break is the busy season..plan now

February/march are peak season for a lot of the warmer/desert National Parks

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What’s it like in July? Too hot for small children?


Well, I wouldn’t hike except in the Chisos or super early in the day. I wouldn’t camp either.

I stayed at the Terlingua Ranch lodge in July and it was actually decent since it’s dry.

It’s great cause you can just walk out on the porch and look up at the Milky Way.

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What’s it like in July? Too hot for small children?
June july august are the hottest months with the historical avg. Over 100 degrees...june is the hottest with july second

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21 hours ago, smoky said:

How crowded is it for primitive camping at Spring Break?  How difficult is it to get a backcountry permit during that time?

It’s never too crowded for a backcountry permit.  It’s the car camp sites that get filled up during Spring Break (and other times).  

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On 1/20/2019 at 8:10 AM, LCHorn said:

It’s never too crowded for a backcountry permit.  It’s the car camp sites that get filled up during Spring Break (and other times).  

You are always taking a chance during spring break.   You still can only reserve a permit in person a day ahead of time.   So if you drive in from any of the major cities, getting there at 3 or so, you are already getting the leftovers.  Best advice if you want to have a chance is to drive out late  the day before you want to get there, spend a night in ft stockton, then drive to the park in the morning.  

Or troll the reservation website (which probably doesn't work right now) for a single night reservation.   Then  you can be first in line for backcountry permits.  Also if you do end up driving in, they can get you the permit at persimmon gap entrance.   It's a hassle because they have to call panther junction,  but you are 45 minutes ahead. 

Be flexible in your choices.   Take your truck or suv so you have more choices for primitive/dirt road campsites. 

 

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Also if you do end up driving in, they can get you the permit at persimmon gap entrance

As I have found out, this is not always true. Depends on the Ranger working that entrance. Some will do it, some won't. 

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1 minute ago, stc said:

As I have found out, this is not always true. Depends on the Ranger working that entrance. Some will do it, some won't. 

Yeah, this was the case last December, We raced to make the Gap by shutdown, and he wouldn't do it. Had to go to PJ. Might have broken some speeding laws that day. Spent 3 days in Pine Canyon #2, and lived to tell about it.

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Headed out Friday.  Can't decide where to stop for lunch...

Live Oak Gorditas in Uvalde

or

That burger place in Comstock

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22 hours ago, Beau Vine said:

Headed out Friday.  Can't decide where to stop for lunch...

Live Oak Gorditas in Uvalde

or

That burger place in Comstock

Live Oak is a staple of mine.  Also, check out Nora's Tacos on the east side of Sabinal,  south side of Hwy. 90.

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Just as a general FYI...

 

There is a nice little day hike called Cattail Falls that ends at a waterfall. If you go during the monsoon season (late summer) the waterfall should be cranking. You begin to hear the falls first, then start to feel the mist, before you actually get to the falls.

Other times of the year, the falls might be more like a trickle, but you can still wade in and soak your head.

Roundtrip is probably only 6 or 8 miles (maybe less?), and there is only one climb that isn't too bad. I took my daughter there when she was maybe only 3 or 4, and years later she remembers the waterfall.

 

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21 hours ago, High Plains Drifter said:

Just as a general FYI...

 

There is a nice little day hike called Cattail Fall...

 

they closed down the gravel road access a couple years ago...you used to be able to drive all the way to the trail head, now you have to start hiking from the paved road and it adds a couple of miles. the park rangers also like to act like the falls don't exist so don't expect any help from them finding the trail.  

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2 hours ago, stc said:

they closed down the gravel road access a couple years ago...you used to be able to drive all the way to the trail head, now you have to start hiking from the paved road and it adds a couple of miles. the park rangers also like to act like the falls don't exist so don't expect any help from them finding the trail.  

 

Yeah, its not well known. Its a pretty delicate area around the actual falls, so I can understand why the would like to keep the crowds down.

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next trip is 1st weekend of April. new moon weekend!

just make my reservations for my first trip up Christmas Mountains. gonna break in the new RZR.

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next trip is 1st weekend of April. new moon weekend!
just make my reservations for my first trip up Christmas Mountains. gonna break in the new RZR.


That is a fun little drive.

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Going spring break week. Will it be even possible to get a parking spot at the start of the Lost Mine trail?

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On 2/8/2019 at 1:25 PM, Beau Vine said:

First stop, Dzuik's in Castroville...

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That looks like something my cat pukes up.  But you don't see with your mouth, so I assume it tastes good.

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Yea, I did lost mine one December ,it was like 35 and icy, and I think we still got the last parking spot.  I'm surprised on of the vendors hasn't set up a shuttle from the basin yet.  Shoot unless youre camping in the basin you might not even be able to park in the basin after 10am.

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5 hours ago, dingleberryswitzer said:

That looks like something my cat pukes up.  But you don't see with your mouth, so I assume it tastes good.

It's called parisa, and it probably sounds like something a cat would puke up to those who have never heard of it, but pretty much anybody who's tried it will probably agree that the secret ingredient must be crack cocaine. 

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Yeah, Latitas Resort.  First time here...we don't golf, but wife loves it and is already talking about coming back.  If you golf, this place would be incredible.

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Wife throwing up this morning because she drank too much last night at the thirsty goat.

International ferry -- $5 round trip.

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Transfer transportation, $5

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Cabrito tacos, chicken tamale, and margarita...

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7 nights camping and over 50 miles hiked last week. Fantastic trip.
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1 hour ago, stc said:

7 nights camping and over 50 miles hiked last week. Fantastic trip.
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great pics.  lets hear the deets.  where'd ya camp?  where'd ya hike?

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On 3/2/2019 at 5:34 PM, thrillhammer said:

great pics.  lets hear the deets.  where'd ya camp?  where'd ya hike?

2 nights at RGV, 1 night at black dike, 1 night dominguez spring trailhead, 3 nights at dominguez spring. did a lot of different hikes...pine canyon, dodson trail from juniper canyon to dodson springs, lower burro mesa, santa elena, cattail falls, window trail,  fisk canyon, pt. 5168. lots of water was flowing around dominguez spring and in fisk canyon, it was very nice. wildflowers everywhere. 

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On 2/9/2019 at 8:32 PM, Beau Vine said:

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Yeah, Latitas Resort.  First time here...we don't golf, but wife loves it and is already talking about coming back.  If you golf, this place would be incredible.

Even if you don't golf pay the $50 to rent a cart and drive the course. Some really incredible views. 

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Here now. Spring break crowds. Got to Starlight Theater at 5pm when they opened and left at 9pm. Apparently people were lining up at 330. Fuck that. Got to lost mines trailhead before sunrise with 5 or 6 parking spots left. Otherwise it's been manageable. Have gotten parking at Chisos basin each time I've tried. Do aggys own any other clothing besides Adidas (lol) aggy gear?

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On 3/11/2019 at 9:50 PM, DaysOff said:

Here now. Spring break crowds. Got to Starlight Theater at 5pm when they opened and left at 9pm. Apparently people were lining up at 330. Fuck that. Got to lost mines trailhead before sunrise with 5 or 6 parking spots left. Otherwise it's been manageable. Have gotten parking at Chisos basin each time I've tried. Do aggys own any other clothing besides Adidas (lol) aggy gear?

Heading there this coming week, leaving Wednesday and returning Sunday. Bummer about Starlight theater. One in our group really wants to go so it is on the agenda. How bad was the wait? I would really rather not spend time in God's country waiting in line for a bar. I can do that here.

Really looking forward to seeing the bluebonnets. https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/nature-travel/texas-bluebonnet-bloom-best-in-years https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/texas/article/Big-Bend-photographer-reflects-on-historic-2019-13691691.php

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90 to 120 minute wait for a table at Starlight and we got there ar 515pm. Those bluebonnets are on the drive to Santa Elena Canyon.

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heading to the property in Solitario in 2 weeks. new moon so hopefully the sky is clear. gonna make my first drive up Christmas Mountains.

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