Escondido Draw Recreational Area - Crockett County, Texas

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Escondido Draw Recreational Area - Crockett County, Texas

Postby KF5ZXT » Sun Mar 07, 2010 7:07 pm

http://www.escondidodraw.org/

CLOSEST TOWN:Ozona
DISTANCE FROM HOUSTON: 388 Miles
DRIVING TIME: 6 Hours 9 Minutes

Located high atop the Escondido Draw of West Texas is the state's newest motorized offroad park - the Escondido Draw Recreational Area.
Acquired in 2007, this Texas Motorized Trails Coalition property offers motorcycle, ATV, and OHV enthusiasts 3,400 acres of pure delight. The park has something for everyone including a 35+ mile single track trail for dirt bikes and 23+ miles of scenic trails and challenging hills for ATVs and OHVs.

Primitive campsites and RV spots are available. Other amenities include showers, restrooms, and a bunk house. Water, sewer, and electrical service is still under construction.

The park facilities and trail systems were designed and constructed specifically for motorized off-road purposes. The trail system is being developed by the all-volunteer TMTC membership and will be mapped and rated with proper signage.

Whether you are an offroad pro, a novice, or something in between, you will find fun and adventure for the whole family in a unique and beautiful outdoor setting at Escondido Draw.

Come visit us soon!

ABOUT US:

Location

Escondido Draw Recreational Area is located approximately 30 miles southwest of Ozona, TX. Area attractions include the Caverns of Sonora, Del Rio, the Big Bend, Fort Lancaster State Historic Park, and the Seminole Canyon State Park.


Hours of Operation

The park is currently open on a limited basis. Annual members may access the park at anytime unless a closed park event is scheduled or the park is closed for emergency reasons such as high fire danger. During the limited opening period, day use visitors may only access the park during scheduled work weekends. For specific date information, please watch the Upcoming Events page and the EDRA forum.


Property Description

EDRA is the Texas Motorized Trail Coalition's second property and was acquired in 2007. Its sister park is the 1,800 acre Barnwell Mountain Recreation Area near Gilmer in East Texas. EDRA is currently open on a limited basis as development of the trail systems and facilities continues. This beautiful 3,400 acre park is destined to become one of the premier off-highway parks in the United States. EDRA is one of the largest projects funded principally using the national Recreational Trails Program grant process.


Future Plans

EDRA's future amenities will include full shower and bath facilities, RV parking spaces with full hookups, primitive campsites, pavillions, and even rental cabins. Throughout the property is a well marked trail system utilizing unobtrusive trail signage.

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DIRECTIONS:
Property Location

From Ozona, Texas:

Take Interstate 10 west to exit 343.
Turn south on SH 290.
Turn left on RR 406.
Cross three cattle guards. Turn left onto the easement road.

Please remember:
The park is not currently open to the public and is only accessible during work weekends.
If you open a gate, close it.
Leave no trace while on private property.
Do not park on the same level as the gas well.
Stay away from any well.
Keep vehicles on roads and established trails.
Be aware of livestock that may be roaming the property.


Escondido Draw Recreation Area
Crockett County, TX 75645

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Hours of Operation

EDRA is open to the public on a limited basis for both members and non-members. Annual membership allows access to the park at any time. Non-members may only visit the park on scheduled work weekends.

The park is still under construction and help is greatly needed and much appreciated. If a person donates five (5) hours of work time per day, they can ride the remainder of the day for free. A person may donate eight (8) work hours on one day and ride the next day free, (must be the following day). Work must be coordinated and approved by a trail boss or EDRA development board member.

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Eric Barnes wrote:OK, how many of us have been hearing for YEARS about this peice of land in the middle of BFE that was just so great? How many like me have thought, "Why spend the 8 hours to drive there when I can go to Hot Springs or Clayton for the same or less time and have more fun?"

Well let me encourage you to load up some provisions and make the sacrifice! It is not too hard to find and easy to get your row rig and trailers back into. It is a bit rustic right now, but is quickly gaining improvements. This past weekend we had community dinners for all to join in on and that led to some excellent conversation around the campfire. The terrain is wonderful and has so much to offer for all enthusiast groups. We were able to cut three pre-flagged and approved OHV trails, and got to play on about 4 others that were already there. What a blast! Excellent 4x4 trails in the range of 2-5 diamond difficulties with the majority being 3+. But what impressed me was the sheer potential of the property. Everywhere you looked there were natural draws of limestone snaking up the canyon sides making killer routes. In a very short amount of time there will be more than a dozen OHV trails giving visitors a full day of exploring whats already there. A HUGE thanks to Mark Daniels for showing Tony, Rob and I around and putting us to work.
You can check out pictures of the weekend at this link http://www.christopherjamesbarnes.com/pictures/jeepin/albums/EDRA/index.html
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Re: EDRA

Postby KF5ZXT » Sun Feb 26, 2012 10:37 am

Eric Barnes wrote:Our trip to EDRA had mixed results for everybody I think. Rob & Deb, Mark Daniel and Billy Morgan were all out there and ready to roll on Friday while I was driving out. But with the amount of rain that had already fallen at that point, it was rough going. The dirt out there is SOOO fine that once it gets wet, it really holds the moisture and ends up acting like bearing grease. Saturday was no better as it rained quite a bit overnight. However, there was a TMTC Board meeting on Saturday morning and it was good to attend that and hear first hand where the state of the organization is and what is being worked on. Stacy Newman (TMTC Board member and long time SHR member) had driven in for this and although he was one of the people who actually took part in purchasing the land 4+ years ago, he had not had a chance to come back since. Since we knew we really couldn't run any trails, Mark led a few of us all around the park and we got a chance to look at many of the hill climbs that he has gotten cut in. The park is really starting to shape up with some trail signs erected and a plethora of OHV trails. After the tour and some lunch we got to run one stream bed that had no dirt in it and was basically dry at this point from the wind. We called it a day early and had a great evening around the campfire. Sunday morning we gave it another shot, but had another winch fest on the first trail we tried to climb. So after having driven about 50 feet and winched 300 we came back to camp for lunch and called it a weekend. Oh well, the land so desperately needed the rain, I'm glad that it got the soaking.
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