Big Bend National Park Trip Itinerary-March 5-11, 2016

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Big Bend National Park Trip Itinerary-March 5-11, 2016

Postby B-HMMWV » Sun Sep 20, 2015 11:23 pm

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Here is the itinerary for our upcoming family friendly Big Bend National Park trip! We will be dominating 4x4 trails with varying degrees of complexity, mastering hiking trails, exploring abandoned mines and ghost towns; sampling local cuisine, fishing, and enjoying God’s country in style! Read on for our adventurous plans!

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Schedule


3/5/15 (Saturday)

2:00pm-Arrive at Big Bend National Park gates and acquire entry (and fishing) permits. Top off your tanks at the nearest town before entering the park.
Park Address: 1 Panther Drive, Big Bend National Park, TX 79834
Park Phone Number: (432) 477-2251

2:30pm-Traverse Old Ore Road

6:30pm-Arrive at Rio Grande Village Campsites. Set up bedding accommodations for the evening and meet for dinner and daily debrief. This campsite has a fuel station, quarter operated showers, a general store and campsites, flushing toilets, running water, picnic tables, grills, and some overhead shelters. There is also a dump station nearby. Don't forget to inspect your rig and report any damage to the Trail Leader or chapter officer on site.


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3/6/15 (Sunday)

9:30am SHARP-Be packed, fed and ready to go! Today, we will hit Black Gap Road, see the abandoned Marsical mine site, and hike to the top of the Lost Mine Site.

12:00pm-Self supplied lunch break, inspect vehicles. No meals will be paid for by the HXC.

1:00pm-Resume the adventure!

6:00pm-6:30pm-Arrive at the campsite for the night. Set up bedding accommodations for the evening and meet for dinner and daily debrief. Don't forget to inspect your rig and report any damage to the Trail Leader or chapter officer on site.

Some Quick Info:
1) Black Gap Road is the most complex trail in Big Bend. Featuring rough washes, mud bogs, steep drop offs on the trails, and a 20 inch rock ledge, it would be impassable for any vehicle any vehicle except a Hummer.
2) The Mariscal Mine is a long abandoned mercury mine deep within the park. We will take a walking tour of the mine remnants.
3) The Lost Mine trail is a walking trail that lies in the mountainous area of Big Bend National Park. It is the second tallest peak in the park, and holds breathtaking views in store for you and your family.


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3/7/15 (Monday)

9:00am SHARP-Drive to Terlingua Ghost Town/Study Butte to explore!

10:30am-Arrive at Terlingua, Texas.

12:00pm-Break for lunch

1:00pm-Continue exploring!

3:00pm- Drive back via old Maverick Road and Ross Maxwell scenic drive. May stop at the Rio Grande and Castolon Historical district depending on the mood and time.

Some Quick Info:
1) Terlingua, Texas hosts a REAL LIVE ghost town! It is the remains of a mercury mine from long ago. When the mercury vein went dry, miners up and left their houses, businesses and graveyards. Come tour the remnants of the old Terlingua Ghost Town (and mine), and the newer (still inhabited) section of the town, where there are restaurants, fuel stations and gift shops.
2) Upon our return to the campsites, we’ll take Maverick Road (fun dirt road), that will take us by an entry point for the Rio Grande, where we can stop and enjoy the view for a little while. Next, we will head to the Castolon Historical district, where we can stop for ice cream, refreshments and explore the Native American, Indian and older Anglo settlement homes.
3) After cooling off, we will hop on the Ross Maxwell scenic drive, which will take us through some pretty amazing twists, turns and instant terrain changes that the park has to offer on our way back to the campsites. Big Bend National Park has extraordinarily unique natural attractions and formations that we will drive by/pass through.
6:00-6:30pm-Arrive at the campsites for the night. Don't forget to inspect your rig and report any damage to the Trail Leader or chapter officer on site.

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3/8/15 (Tuesday)

Free Day/Community Dinner @8:00pm

-The park offers various hiking trails, Kayaking (in Boquilla Canyon?), museums, the hot springs, star gazing, an activity center, fishing, bird watching, vehicle trails and much more. Do what you like, just be back at the campsite by 7:00pm to begin preparing for dinner!

Some Quick Info:
1) If your plan is to head off road into the back country, you MUST take TWO vehicles with you. If your truck breaks down, you need to have a way to get back to camp safely.
2) We will be having a community dinner at 8:00pm. Each party will need to bring an entrée/meal item to contribute to the group! As a group, we will decide what the main meal will be as when we get a little closer to the trip date.

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3/9/15 (Wednesday)

9:30am-Be packed and ready to go! Today we’re going fishing/swimming on the Rio Grande near the Talley? campgrounds, so bring your swim suit!

Some Quick Info:
1) Be sure to pick up a fishing permit upon entry of the park for each person that plans to fish (free)
2) Plan on primarily fishing for catfish. Bring according bait/lures. Fishing rods and poles only. No drag nets.

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3/10/15 (Thursday)

-**Optional** Window Trail Sunrise Hike. Sunrise is at 7:00am Be ready to roll at 6:00am.

Free Day/Community Dinner @8:00pm

Some Quick Info:
The park offers various hiking trails, museums, the hot springs, star gazing, an activity center, fishing, bird watching, vehicle trails and much more. Do what you like, just be back at the campsite by 7:00pm to begin preparing for dinner!
1) If your plan is to head off road into the back country, you MUST take TWO vehicles with you. If your truck breaks down, you need to have a way to get back to camp safely.
2) We will be having a community dinner at 8:00pm. Each party will need to bring an entrée/meal item to contribute to the group! As a group, we will decide what the main meal will be as when we get a little closer to the trip date.


3/11/15 (Friday)

-9:00am-Be packed up and ready to leave the park. We will be traversing Old Ore road in reverse on our way out of the park, and be stopping for an optional brunch/Lunch at Johhny B’s Restaurant in Marathon, Texas. (They are famous for their ½ inch thick pancakes and much more! WOW!)

Some Quick Info:

1) Last year, we started the tradition of writing our names, the year of the trip, and our club on a $1.00 bill and putting it on the restaurant wall! Let's keep it going!

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Costs:
Entry Fee-$20/truck
Camping Fee-$48/truck. This includes your site reservation for the duration of the trip.
Hot Springs-Free
Trails-Free
Hot Springs-Free
Costolon Historical District-Free
Terlingua Ghost Town-Free
Fishing Permit-Free

Vehicle Equipment (Not required, but strongly recommended):
-Generic Socket Set
-Inner/Outer tie rods
-CV axle
-Spare fluids (engine, transmission, brake, power steering, coolant)
-Spare serpentine belt
-Spare battery
-Shovel
-Misc. screw drivers
-Tire patch kit
-Spare lumber (for traction if one was to get stuck)
-Hose patch kit
-Gasket maker
-Spare fuel can
-Air pump (Make sure your spare is aired up. This is a common item missed by even the most experienced off-roader.)

Required vehicle equipment (this is a must!):
-Fire extinguisher
-Tow strap/rope and shackles
-Leather or mechanic's gloves
-First aid kit
-FRS (walkie talkie)or CB radio.

Camping Equipment (recommended):

Sleeping Equipment Site Equipment
-Tent (size appropriate for the amount of people in your party -Fold-able chairs
-Sleeping bag(s) -Rope
-Tarp (place this under the tent in the event of rain) -Masking/Packing/Duct tape
-Tent stakes -Camping Lamp/Lantern
-Bedding (Air mattress, if applicable, should have sheets, a blanket and a comforter) -Misc. hardware
-Sun screen
-Toilet paper
-Tissues
-Binoculars
-Hammer
-Hand Axe
Kitchen Equipment
-Matches
-Tablecloth
-Dish soap
-Trash bags
-Small grill/stove
-Marshmallow forks
-Salt & Pepper shakers
-Small hand broom
-Cast iron pot/griddle (and lids)
-Hot water pot
-Water jugs (one gallon per person per day)
-Plastic bowls
-Dishtowels/wash cloths
-Cutting knives
-Spatula/wisk
-Propane

*For information about trail rules and the T.R.E.A.D. lightly off road principles, consult your member's packet. If you do not have one, or you are not a member of the Hummer X Club, contact me and I will inform you.

**Schedule is subject to change due to weather and other circumstances out of out control.

If you have any further questions about the trip, feel free to comment on this thread/PM me or contact me at one of the options below. Hope to hear from you soon!

Contact Information
David Porter, Chapter President, Big Bend Trail Leader
(817)-992-7398
texas@hummerxclub.com
dpp005@shsu.edu
Keller, Texas
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Re: Big Bend National Park Trip Itinerary-March 5-11, 2016

Postby Mark » Mon Sep 21, 2015 8:11 am

Should be yet another great time.
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