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    Got Questions about big bend np for those in the Know!!
    (1) Is 4wd necessary to get to the Chisos Basin Trailhead
    (2) Is there anywhere to hang off those trails?
    (3) Is there anywhere to hang at the campsites accessible from the primitive roads?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scottybdiving View Post
    Drive 2 days each way...
    Why will it take two days? We will have four drivers...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacEntyre View Post
    Why will it take two days? We will have four drivers...

    Yeah, I drove from east of Memphis to El Paso in one day by myself. A run down to Big Bend sharing the driving is very doable.
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    We need to find out where 4wd rentals are least expensive... Greensboro, Memphis, or Jackson?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hedcase View Post
    Got Questions about big bend np for those in the Know!!
    (1) Is 4wd necessary to get to the Chisos Basin Trailhead
    (2) Is there anywhere to hang off those trails?
    (3) Is there anywhere to hang at the campsites accessible from the primitive roads?
    The road to the Chisos Basin is paved.
    I have never overnight camped on the Chisos Trails but it looks highly possible in this Chisos Mountains Backcountry Campsite Guide
    The campsites along the river might offer some places to hang, mesquite and salt cedars. Most of the primitive roads are in extreme desert, without much more than cactus and scrub brush. There is an area called Cottonwood on the west side, but I have never been there. The name would suggest there are trees there.

    MacEntyre, I noticed from your map, that I spent a few days last July, within a couple miles from you, on Oak Hollow Lake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scottybdiving View Post
    ...spent a few days last July, within a couple miles from you, on Oak Hollow Lake.
    Nice golf course!

    Come again, you hear?

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    Winter is the best time to visit the Big Bend NP - anytime between Thanksgiving and Easter. I was there a couple of weeks ago [saw several black bears (in the Chisos), a cougar (in the Chisos), coyotes and javelina].

    You can find plenty of trees in the Chisos Mountains in the center of the park - and great hikes, too. Otherwise, the only other trees are along the river - and there are few hiking opportunities there. The majority of the park is Chihuahuan desert. Few trees and those few are stunted and brittle. Plan to use some other shelter if you hike in the desert. Fortunately, you can usually sleep in the open there with only a tarp to pull over you if you get one of the usually brief showers.

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    Bump... getting maps and other info together. Haven't investigated the rental car yet.
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    Still a possibility for me. Will know for sure in Jan when racing schedule comes out.

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    Are we guys going to base camp, and then dayhike into the back country, or is this strictly a backpacking trip?
    Got this query via PM...

    Looks like the Chisos backcountry is 5 or 6 miles from one end to the other. That means it's a backpacking trip. It doesn't look like it can be done dayhiking, unless we use a furious pace.

    The desert areas, however, would make great dayhikes. Anyone have ideas about how best to see Big Bend?

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