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Old 10-28-2007, 07:36 PM   #1
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Ft. Davis, TX... Rally?

Would anyone be interested in a rally of sorts to Ft. Davis, TX? Maybe work a deal with the folks at the McDonald Observatory to watch the stars...(or bring your own telescope)? The state park there has full hook-ups and very nice facilities - it really is an extremely nice park. The town (used several times in Hollywood movies), is very close with all needed amenities. Big Bend is just a hop, skip & a jump away... The fort at Ft. Davis is cool as well as seeing the lights at Marfa... a short distance away.

Ft. Davis is a long way away for alot of folks (even those in Texas), but the country out there is beautiful... Maybe do one in the spring (not summer!) or next fall?
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Hmmm tough one, that park shows up as 520 miles and change from Lawton. Its a long haul for a rally, and it would be hard for me to justify not going the extra miles on to Big Bend. I'm planning to be in that area during spring break, I might cut a day or so then, past that maybe next fall.
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Old 10-29-2007, 10:27 PM   #3
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yes we would be. My parents did the big bend park some time back and said it was great. We have wanted to go and I have a cousin in Kileen who we have been trying to hook up with. However, I have heard there are length restrictions in this area, is this true? Would definitely be heading to big bend and catching this as a stopover.
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Old 10-30-2007, 06:44 AM   #4
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yes we would be. My parents did the big bend park some time back and said it was great. We have wanted to go and I have a cousin in Kileen who we have been trying to hook up with. However, I have heard there are length restrictions in this area, is this true? Would definitely be heading to big bend and catching this as a stopover.
For Big Bend, here's some info on camping there, no mention of size limit other than access to some areas:
"Camping - Camping Areas are located at Colorado Canyon, Madera (Monilla) Canyon and at Grassy Banks River Access along FM 170. Two group camping areas, Contrabando and Arenosa, have self-composting toilets. 11 small, designated primitive campgrounds along the gravel park road in the backcountry may be accessible to high-clearance vehicles only. Self-composting toilets are located at Colorado Canyon, Madera Canyon and Grassy Banks; no other facilities, electrical hookups, water, or dump stations are available. 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".
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/f...ig_bend_ranch/

The state park at Ft. Davis, Davis Mountains State Park, has no size limitations and has full hookups as well as very nice facilities - this park is outstanding!
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/f...vis_mountains/
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Big Bend / Ft Davis

The best place for RVs in Big Bend is at Study Butte. They have a nice RV Park with all hookups, and it's just outside of the park. The camping in the park is first come first serve, and you're at the southern most point of the park. Small trailers may camp in the Basin, but it is for small (23' or less) trailers - acess to the Basin is by a steep, curvy two lane road.

If the state park is full, there are rv sites at Prude Ranch which is just up the road from the park (about 2 miles). I used to work at the ranch while attending college in Alpine. I'll be camping there this spring with the Texas Hill Country Unit.

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Wow,, memories flooding back to mind,, would love to do that,, husband was an integral part of the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute,,, lived in Alpine for many years,, Fort Davis is beautiful,,, hope many get to go down and do the desert thing,,, happy trails, donna
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I will be there 15-22 Mar 08 with the Dallas group.
If interested contact David Tidmore at 800-378-5883.

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Old 10-30-2007, 05:28 PM   #8
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I will be there 15-22 Mar 08 with the Dallas group.
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Gunny, Is that a WBBCI rally (didn't see it on the calendar)? Was thinking of this as being a Forums Rally.

Could do this one in the fall... say October? November?
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I will be there 15-22 Mar 08 with the Dallas group.
If interested contact David Tidmore at 800-378-5883.

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Thats when I will be passing through on my way to Big Bend, be nice to swing by and say howdy.
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Ft Davis and Big Bend are beautiful. We won't be able to make it there, but we recommend it highly.
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We camped at Cottonwood (no hookups) a couple of weeks ago. Wonderful place, no one there (maybe three other sites taken). Tall cottonwoods, very dark, starry nights.

We also camped on the other side of the park, at Rio Grande Village. Full hookups but asphalt lot.

Daytripped all around, favorite hikes were to river overlooks where locals left souvenirs and a jar for payment. Illegal to purchase, though. So the signs said. Wish I could have gone across, like folks used to.

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Fort Davis is on my list of places to go - since that is where my trailer came from

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