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Old 01-13-2015, 12:36 PM   #1
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Boondocking Report: Hannold Draw, Big Bend Nat'l Park

Here is an excerpt from my new blog article on boondocking in Big Bend National Park in Texas:

Big Bend is a large park with no fewer than five Visitor Centers. Panther Junction Visitor Center is also the park HQ. It is centrally located in the park. The turnoff to Hannold Draw is about 4.9 miles north of Panther Junction by my odometer. The turnoff is completely unmarked. A ranger told me it had to do with preventing “campsite jumping” which I took to mean unlawful occupation of the campsite by people without permits. Why then they would mark other turnoffs to primitive sites with a sign such as Paint Gap is unclear to me.

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Very Nice photography Russ. You are pretty limited in the number of locations that can be accessed with an RV. Many have to cross washes or tight curves around bluffs that prevent a lot of RV'ers from getting in. When I was a kid, my grand parents, aunts, and uncles used to camp there in TT's once or twice each year. I was a big event. I was there a couple years ago and backtracked a lot of the paths we took 40 years ago. Now, having owned RV's, I was amazed at the locations where they used to drag their rigs into. There were not many rules back then, nor many rangers to enforce them. We would stay a week and never see another person, unless someone was floating down the river, where we were camped. The river was also much more substantial then. Now it is barely a trickle compared to what it used to be, unless there is some flooding upstream. Too much irrigation on both sides of the border.
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Very Nice photography Russ. You are pretty limited in the number of locations that can be accessed with an RV. Many have to cross washes or tight curves around bluffs that prevent a lot of RV'ers from getting in. When I was a kid, my grand parents, aunts, and uncles used to camp there in TT's once or twice each year. I was a big event. I was there a couple years ago and backtracked a lot of the paths we took 40 years ago. Now, having owned RV's, I was amazed at the locations where they used to drag their rigs into. There were not many rules back then, nor many rangers to enforce them. We would stay a week and never see another person, unless someone was floating down the river, where we were camped. The river was also much more substantial then. Now it is barely a trickle compared to what it used to be, unless there is some flooding upstream. Too much irrigation on both sides of the border.
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