Big Bend Ranch State Park - Presidio, Texas

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Big Bend Ranch State Park - Presidio, Texas

Postby KF5ZXT » Mon Jun 04, 2012 12:20 pm

http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/big-bend-ranch

Welcome to the Other Side of Nowhere!

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Big Bend Ranch State Park, the largest state park in Texas, lies over more than 300,000 acres of Chihuahuan Desert wilderness in a remarkably rugged, remote and unpopulated setting. The park extends along the Rio Grande from southeast of Presidio to near Lajitas in both Brewster and Presidio Counties. Embracing some of the most remote and rugged terrain in the Southwest, it encompasses two mountain ranges containing ancient extinct volcanoes, precipitous canyons, and waterfalls. The area has been a crossroads of human activities for over 11,000 years, as diverse people and cultures have been drawn by the abundant resources of the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo corridor. If you are looking for a wild west experience, Big Bend Ranch State Park has an abundance of options.



4X4 Touring
The unpaved roads within BBRSP were constructed to support public commerce and settlement, fence building, waterline construction, livestock production, and for mineral prospecting and mining. Today, nearly 70 miles of unmaintained dirt roads are available to those who are adequately prepared for 4X4 adventures.

Download the "Roads to Nowhere" guide for detailed 4X4 drive descriptions.

Primitive (Vehicle Accessible) Campsites
People per Site: 8
Sites are available in the interior or Big Bend Ranch and along the River Road.

•Picnic table
•Fire ring
$8 Nightly

Plus daily entrance fee

For more location information go to our Interactive Map of Big Bend Ranch Campsites, Lodging, and Permit Locations.

Permits are required for use of Primitive Road and Front Country Campsites and for Backcountry Zone Camping. Day Use visitors are required to obtain a permit for entry in to the park. All vehicles intending to use the 4X4 unmaintained road, are required to obtain and sign an Acknowledgement of Use of Four Wheel Drive vehicles and Motorcycles upon entry into these areas.

Park information and permits for day use and camping may be obtained daily, in person, at three locations:

•Sauceda - ; (432) 358-4444
Located in the interior of Big Bend Ranch SP (8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.); (7 a.m. - 4 p.m. from May 17 - August 31)
Barton Warnock Visitor Center - (432) 424-3327
Located in Lajitas, Tx. (8 a. m - 4:30pm)
Fort Leaton State Historic Site - (432) 229-3613
Located in Presidio, Tx. (8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
Campers are required to place tents in designated areas only. Desert resources are fragile. All visitors are required to haul out their human waste and pack out all trash. Portable privies are available for purchase at all permit issuing stations. Downed wood is critical to desert ecology. Gathering firewood is prohibited. Visitors may bring their own firewood or purchase it at Sauceda. Charcoal cooking fires and containerized fuel stoves are allowed. Ashes must be packed out or deposited in the fire ring. The maximum stay per permit is 14 nights. Individual campsites have an 8 person and 3 vehicle limit. Group campsites have a 12 person and 5 vehicle limit. Equestrian staging campsites have a 24 person and 12 vehicle limit.

Mostly paved access camping areas are also located along River road (FM 170) at Colorado Canyon, Madera (Monilla) Canyon and at Grassy Banks River Access. The 2 group camping areas along River road, Contrabando and Arenosa, have self-composting toilets. Self-composting toilets are located at Colorado Canyon, Madera Canyon and Grassy Banks.

No other facilities, water/electrical hookups, or dump stations are available. Due to road conditions motor homes and large recreational vehicles may not be able to enter backcountry park areas. Shower and restroom facilities are available at the Visitor’s Center at Sauceda Headquarters.

Pets are allowed anywhere vehicles are allowed, and within 1/4 mile of publicly accessible roads. Always keep pets on a leash and pick up after them. Never leave pets unattended or allow them to approach wild animals or longhorn cattle. Pets are not allowed to be on hiking trails, in the backcountry, or more than 1/4 mile from campsites, designated roads, or trail heads. Pets are not allowed in any Texas State Park buildings. For other general pet restrictions check the Texas State Park Regulations. For more park specific pet restrictions contact the park.

Preview some of the vehicle accessible campsites:
Agua Adentro
Chorro Vista
Escondido
Fresno Vista
Guale
Javelin
La Monilla
La Mota
La Posta
Las Burras
Los Cuates
Los Ojitos
Mexicano
Papalote Encino
Papalote Llano
Papalote Rancho Viejo
Papalotito Colorado
Paso al Solitario
Pila Montoya
Rancherias
South Leyva
Tascate
Tres Papalotes
Vista de Bofecillos
Yedra


Big Bend State Park is most of the country on the north side, some on the south side, of the Lajitas to Presidio HWY. The main gate is about 25 miles from Lajitas. It is about half way between Lajitas and Presidio. You must be talking about a single trail. It is some good stuff, they just opened it to DS motorcycles this year. I love it down there. It is only like 100 miles from Presidio to the main gate at BBNP (70 between Lajitas and Presidio). So if you are 2 hours off the hwy on a trail east of Presidio you are talking some seriously remote country! I'll have to see if I can find it next time down. We're going in sept/oct when it cools off a little down there.
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Re: Big Bend Ranch State Park - Presidio, Texas

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Re: Big Bend Ranch State Park - Presidio, Texas

Postby KF5ZXT » Wed Nov 13, 2013 11:15 am

Big Bend Ranch State Park: Window to the Ancients

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The Big Bend of centuries past was a wild land of vast open space and nomadic tribes. While the space is still vast and the land is still wild, the nomads have long since gone. The closest that most of us will ever get to their lives is to visit their camp sites, to view their art, and to ponder their lives in silent wonder.

The petroglyphs and pictographs left on bare rock at Big Bend Ranch State Park provide a window to the ancients. You can arrange an interpretive tour at least seven days in advance. Call (432) 358-4444 to book a tour for your next visit!

Rock art has the power to connect us to the past in a special way. Connect with more rock art at other two parks in Big Bend Country with these stories from Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine:

Hueco Tanks State Park“Park Pick: Still Life in Stone”
Seminole Canyon State Park and Historic Site“Art Hike: Seminole Canyon State Park”
Find more archeology and rock art tours in the Events Calendar.

Taking kids on a road trip to see rock art? Download a coloring book for them. For older kids, print out this "Learn about Texas Indians" Activity Book to help the miles pass.
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