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DFW to Big Bend

Discussion in 'Trip Reports' started by equin, Sep 22, 2016.

  1. Sep 22, 2016 at 6:24 PM
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    equin

    equin [OP] New Member

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    3 yr old son and I took a quick trip to Big Bend National Park in southwest Texas. About 2/3 of the way there from the Dallas area, we stopped at Monahans Sand Hills State Park just east of Pecos:
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    Starting on our sand dune climbing:
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    Exploring the dunes:
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    The flora:
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  2. Sep 22, 2016 at 6:26 PM
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    matluth

    matluth REALLY??

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    Nice pics. Nice area too.
     
  3. Sep 22, 2016 at 6:38 PM
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    Looks like a blast. Wish I could go off roading but not many area asides from the beach in my area
     
  4. Sep 22, 2016 at 6:57 PM
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    COMiamiFan

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    Were you tempted to drive up instead of walk up the and dunes? :mudding:
     
  5. Sep 22, 2016 at 7:06 PM
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    After a quick supply trip to the last Walmart on the way, we headed south towards Alpine and beyond:
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  6. Sep 22, 2016 at 7:07 PM
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    Very tempted! But they're pretty strict about that and have signs all over prohibiting that kind of activity.
     
  7. Sep 22, 2016 at 7:09 PM
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    Closest legal area to wheel a street legal vehicle is about 2 hours from me. The rest are several more hours away, unfortunately.
     
  8. Sep 22, 2016 at 7:12 PM
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    Once we entered the park, we took Old Maverick Road, an easy, gravel/dirt road that runs about 17 miles south to Santa Elena Canyon.
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    We later turned back and took Paint Gap Road, another easy trail with primitive campsites along the route:
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  9. Sep 22, 2016 at 7:19 PM
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    Afterwards, we did some sightseeing and toured the Chisos Basin area of the park before we had to head back home:
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  10. Nov 11, 2016 at 11:10 AM
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    Nice pics. I noticed your truck in another thread and you were mentioning possibly leveling your truck. Did you end up leveling it? Any regrets with the 275s? Still weighing my options (and trying to convince my wife I "need" to modify my new truck ... lol) but I may end up going a similar route. Thanks!
     
  11. Nov 11, 2016 at 11:28 AM
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    how long of a trip is that from Dallas? I a just a couple hours east of Dallas and this looks like a place I need to go see.
     
  12. Nov 11, 2016 at 4:20 PM
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    We worked on those railroad tracks that go by ther...I drove thru that park it's real nice
     
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  13. Nov 11, 2016 at 7:10 PM
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    No regrets at all with the 275s. They inexplicably rub at stock height even though others running the same size with stock suspension have no rubbing.

    I have some Bilstein 6112s I plan on installing. Just haven't had the time to swap them on yet. So still stock height but hope it'll settle with a tad bit of rake once I do.

    Tell your wife you need the mods to improve the truck's handling for safety purposes. Nothing but the best for her and the kids - lol!
     
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  14. Nov 11, 2016 at 7:13 PM
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    It took us 2 days to get there because we stopped at Monahans and other places along the way taking our time. Same for going back. But I'd say it takes about 9-10 hours to get there from the Dallas area. Either way definitely worth the drive if you have the time!
     
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