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Big Bend State Park, Texas

don't know if this question goes here, but has anyone been to Big Bend State Park? Not the national park, the state park. looking for offroad, primitive camping info.

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post #2 of 13 Old 08-07-2009, 08:59 PM
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For more information on Big Bend State Park, go to

http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/p...ig_bend_ranch/

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thanks, stub. been to the web site, looking for info from folks who have been there.

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thanks, stub. been to the web site, looking for info from folks who have been there.
I kayaked through big bend. Honestly, most of the state parks are pretty restrictive. But Santa Elena canyon is pretty cool (in the NP). Gotta hike or kayak there as far as I know.

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There is some pretty good wheeling in the state park and some decent wheeling in the National Park actually...

The state park has so many trails, I have barely scratched the surface, mainly due to the fact that its so far in and I always camp over in Terlingua...but the trails I have run have been narrow, some are ledgy, there are some deep ravines that you have to traverse, some bad washouts to get through, and you can expect some serious brush scratches...I have also drug both of my bumpers due to not enough approach/departure angle in my JK...and I have a lifted two door...breakover angle has gotten me a few times too, but never got high centered...

If you are going to be out there, you should run the Black Gap Road in the NP, its pretty good wheeling...Old Ore Rd. is OK, and the River Road is good if you like deep sandy wheeling...

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There is some pretty good wheeling in the state park and some decent wheeling in the National Park actually...

The state park has so many trails, I have barely scratched the surface, mainly due to the fact that its so far in and I always camp over in Terlingua...but the trails I have run have been narrow, some are ledgy, there are some deep ravines that you have to traverse, some bad washouts to get through, and you can expect some serious brush scratches...I have also drug both of my bumpers due to not enough approach/departure angle in my JK...and I have a lifted two door...breakover angle has gotten me a few times too, but never got high centered...

If you are going to be out there, you should run the Black Gap Road in the NP, its pretty good wheeling...Old Ore Rd. is OK, and the River Road is good if you like deep sandy wheeling...


I was just there this summer passing through on my trip. My thoughts are if your going out of your way for it dont. Skip it, they have one "4x4" trail black gap, or devils gap or something. I did it all in 2 hi with the rear locked. one obstical that you have to pay attention to the rest are just gravel roads you can camp with a back country permit, but the roads are so easy you could do it in a FJ cruiser. if your close to the park take a few hours and do the gap trail then leave. Stay out in the summer, 115 with no water = no fun so pack in. You dont need a ton of fuel just haul h2o. and P.S. they have one of the hottest park ranger chicks i have ever meet there. So it might be worht it hehe hope this helps

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I was just there this summer passing through on my trip. My thoughts are if your going out of your way for it dont. Skip it, they have one "4x4" trail black gap, or devils gap or something. I did it all in 2 hi with the rear locked. one obstical that you have to pay attention to the rest are just gravel roads you can camp with a back country permit, but the roads are so easy you could do it in a FJ cruiser. if your close to the park take a few hours and do the gap trail then leave. Stay out in the summer, 115 with no water = no fun so pack in. You dont need a ton of fuel just haul h2o. and P.S. they have one of the hottest park ranger chicks i have ever meet there. So it might be worht it hehe hope this helps
I mostly agree with you about the national park, except when I ran Black Gap, both times it was very muddy...soo, it was fun...plus I have no lockers...

the state park is different though...the wheeling is much better there than in the national park...

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thanks Yoda and Styx. That is precisely my plan to stay at the Nat'. park for one day and run Black Gap, maybe venture up or down river road. Styx, you may have been able to run black gap in two wheel when you went but there are sections of that road that change dramatically after heavy rains. Anywho after leaving the Nat'l park, I was going to head up to Lajitas and wheel the Big Bend State Park. I haven't been to the park although I did ride around some roads there about 10 years ago when it was still ranch/open land. There is a nice pdf map on the texas state parks web site that shows what appear to be miles of high clearance 4x4 only roads and primitive camp sites. thats what i want to do. I'm thinking of October for the trip. I'm retired and flexible on the dates so if anyone is interested chime in. There is a thread under JK Events and Gatherings named Anyone Interested in Coming to Texas? There has been discussion on there since early this year or late last year about a trip to the Nat'l park. I think the tentative date is early November so if you're interested in that chime in over there. I can't go in November, was planning too but can't now. Perhaps I should post up for this trip over there?

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I would love to come, but my job has fixed time off, so I can't go then...but you should have a blast...be sure to get a Texas OHV permit...even registered vehicles have to have them in Texas...they are real cheap, but the fine is not if you are going to wheel on public lands w/o one...

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should i be able to get that permit at the state or nat'l park?

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maybe, but I am not really sure, I bought mine at the local ATV store...

Here is the link to their website...

http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/ohv/

It looks like your best bet may be to order one...

http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/ohv/buy.phtml

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maybe, but I am not really sure, I bought mine at the local ATV store...

Here is the link to their website...

http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/ohv/

It looks like your best bet may be to order one...

http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/ohv/buy.phtml
thanks yoda.

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You are welcome! I hope you have fun...

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