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Old 09-23-2020, 02:22 PM   #1
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West TX Late Jan21 SA>Carlsbad>Guadalupe Mtn NP>Davis Mtn SP>Big Bend Ranch>BBNP

Need advice on diesel availability, dump stations, CGs, sights, hiking, etc.

Route is basically:

San Antonio to Sonora Caverns

Sonora Caverns to Guadalupe Mountains NP
(How popular is Pine Springs CG? Any good options?)

Day trip to Carlsbad Caverns, back to GMNP.

GMNP to Davis Mountains SP (McDonald Observatory)

Davis Mountains SP to Big Bend Ranch SP (via Marfa)

Putter around BBRSP for a few days.

BBRSP to Big Bend NP
(Is Chisos Basin CG out of the question?)

More puttering there.

BBNP to White Shaman

Overnight somewhere near Uvalde (suggestions?)

Back to HTX


Rig is 24-11 overall, on a diesel Sprinter chassis. We expect to be dry camping much of the time, with limited/no genny runtime in many CGs.

Thanks for your help!
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I'd check to see if any parks inside NM are actually open since the state is still semi-locked down. Carlsbad in particular. Otherwise we have been to all those with no diesel availablity problems. Big Bend has at least one station outside the park at Sturdy Butte and a couple inside the park.


We spent a day in Big Bend ranch, and want to spend some more time there, it's worth the visit. I recommend the River Road inside the NP. There is a slot canyon easily accessible in the ranch on the Rio Grande which may or may not be possible to walk. It was bone dry when we were there when the Rio was likewise bone dry.
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Old 09-24-2020, 02:11 PM   #3
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Thanks for the information! It should help relieve some of SWMBO's range anxiety ...

Is US285 from Ft. Stockton to Carlsbad as awful as I've read? Sounds like the oilfield trucks really make a mess of it. Not sure what $40 oil will do for that, though.

Looks like NM still has self-quarantine restrictions in place. Can't say that I blame them. Hopefully, things will ease by then, or Texas can get off of the "Bad" List.
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Bring a good jacket, I remember once tent camping in the Davis mountains the first part of April one year in the 1990's, when the temperatures got down to 13F one night. (I remember it was April because income tax was due while I was away on the trip)
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That's one thing that I learned in my backpacking days -- always carry a fleece jacket, a rain shell, and in cooler months a watch cap and fleece oversocks. OTOH, I sleep hot anyway so I often would have one foot sticking out of my sleeping bag.

BTW -- I'm a little jealous of your Trek. I would have loved to find a 2430 sloper on that chassis.
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They are out there, but since the slope nose Treks were only built for 2 years they can be hard to find. When shopping I was strongly considering a 2480, vs the 2830, but in the end opted for the 2830 as it has almost a thousands pounds higher OCCC (cargo carrying capacity), which is probably for the best as loaded down for travel on a longer trip we are typically within 300-400 pounds of our GVWR)
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Thanks for the information! It should help relieve some of SWMBO's range anxiety ...



Is US285 from Ft. Stockton to Carlsbad as awful as I've read? Sounds like the oilfield trucks really make a mess of it. Not sure what $40 oil will do for that, though.



Looks like NM still has self-quarantine restrictions in place. Can't say that I blame them. Hopefully, things will ease by then, or Texas can get off of the "Bad" List.


Pretty sure 285 has been resurfaced.
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One can hope, I spent a night at an RV park in Fort Stockton about 11 months ago, and several people told me it was still very bad then.
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Maverick RV park in LaJitas is a nice park. Paved, full hooks and gives you access to the resort across the street. Also, SP trailhead and office is less than a mile away. Good hiking and mountain biking. Plenty of diesel at the 118/170 junction. Grocery, liquor and restaurants there as well.
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