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Old 03-23-2021, 11:02 AM   #1
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We are planning a trip from Colorado to Port Lavaca TX in the next few weeks. With the situation on the border we have some concerns about how safe it is to travel in Texas. Has anyone encountered any problems?
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Old 03-23-2021, 11:05 AM   #2
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We are planning a trip from Colorado to Port Lavaca TX in the next few weeks. With the situation on the border we have some concerns about how safe it is to travel in Texas. Has anyone encountered any problems?

Just keep your id handy for all the cbp checkpoints other than that very safeÖ
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Old 03-23-2021, 11:38 AM   #3
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We go to Estes almost every year. However you get out of Co, I-25S or parallel is up to you. From Raton we cut through to Amarillo. Then several ways to go SSE toward San Antonio. There you can hit I-10 and head east. Good freeway. From there are multiple cut throughs to Port A. You donít even get near the mess on the border. Try to stay away from the smaller roads in west Texas due to the oil patch truck damage on the roadways. Actually, you can head pretty much south out of Amarillo and hit I-10 as soon as you want. Safe travels.
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Old 03-23-2021, 01:35 PM   #4
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I've spent two winters in between Port Lavaca and Rockport. We've never seen any border-related issues or checkpoints in that area or down to Corpus Christi.

We have gone through a checkpoint between Brownsville and Corpus Christi, but that has only caused a delay of a couple of minutes.
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Old 03-23-2021, 06:00 PM   #5
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Just went through there. Pretty much ran the Rio Grande for most of it's Texas length. No problems at all, but the border patrol is very active. I thank them for their service. We were stopped twice. No issues. They have soooo much electronics set up in the lane line, I am certain they know more about me than I want to know, before I get to the officer.

Also, the BP is very active as much as 75 or 100 miles north of the border itself.
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Old 03-23-2021, 06:09 PM   #6
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We just drove through TX, NM & AZ... no issues!
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Old 03-24-2021, 05:21 AM   #7
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30 Miles from Port Lavaca. No problems at all. You will be a very long way from the border.
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Old 03-24-2021, 06:41 AM   #8
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The only place in Texas where weíve been warned about possible problems is in certain areas of Big Bend, where there is uncontrolled access across the river into the National Park. Everything else is normal.
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Old 03-24-2021, 07:33 AM   #9
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Please remember that most of Texas is nowhere near the border. Your trip from Colorado to the Coast should be quite peaceful. I agree with InterBlog, any problems are in the remote areas out West.
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Old 03-24-2021, 07:52 AM   #10
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Texas is still part of the USA. Only problem is that many of the CBP checkpoints on roads just north of the border no longer are manned because the agents have been called away to serve as nannies for the children being pushed across the borders from San Diego to Brownsville. Have been driving from El Paso to Big Bend to Port Aransas and have not seen any backpackers with burlap knapsacks.
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Howdy. Port Lavaca will be no issues. The problem areas have already been discussed above.
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Old 03-29-2021, 08:07 PM   #12
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Also heading to Big Bend and points west in a couple weeks. Two nights in Terilingua Campground will be our closest point. If not safe, we have the ultimate in mobility. Always keep my head on a swivel, especially in unknown territory.
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We go to Estes almost every year. However you get out of Co, I-25S or parallel is up to you. From Raton we cut through to Amarillo. Then several ways to go SSE toward San Antonio. There you can hit I-10 and head east. Good freeway. From there are multiple cut throughs to Port A. You donít even get near the mess on the border. Try to stay away from the smaller roads in west Texas due to the oil patch truck damage on the roadways. Actually, you can head pretty much south out of Amarillo and hit I-10 as soon as you want. Safe travels.


Good tips. Iím planning a trip from I-10 Florida to Big Bend. I donít mind the long way around the big cities and prefer a good 55mph state road to an interstate tho will do those if time and rest areas are important. Never been through texas. Looking for tips.
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Good tips. Iím planning a trip from I-10 Florida to Big Bend. I donít mind the long way around the big cities and prefer a good 55mph state road to an interstate tho will do those if time and rest areas are important. Never been through texas. Looking for tips.
Been through Auburn quite a few times going from Deerfield Academy to Boston. Beautiful country. Terry (Islandtrader in Florida) is heading to Big Ben this month. Youíre going to be traveling through some beautiful country. Thereís a thousand routes to take once you get into Texas. Let me know if you have any route questions. Goos luck and have fun.
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We spent most of a week traveling through Texas. We spent three days in or near Big Bend NP. No issues at all. The border in that area is mostly remote, in places surrounded by sheer hundred foot cliffs. Hopefully the fire in the middle of the park is under control and reopened. We saw border patrol checkpoints near Marathon and the heading north out of Terlingua toward NM. If there, be sure to drive through the State park west of Lajaitas. Some amazing views. Enjoy and safe travels.
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St rt 170 leaving big bend NP west. An amazing drive, takes you past the state park as well!!!

Be aware; there is a ~15% grade and lesser tow vehicles may struggle. We took the motorhome over it...fingers crossed in 1st gear:-)
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Been through Auburn quite a few times going from Deerfield Academy to Boston. Beautiful country. Terry (Islandtrader in Florida) is heading to Big Ben this month. You’re going to be traveling through some beautiful country. There’s a thousand routes to take once you get into Texas. Let me know if you have any route questions. Goos luck and have fun.
Based on camp and sight recommendations, I am planning to:
leave I10 in Beaumont Tx to Livingston SP;
105 to 290 (bypassing Houston) to Austin ~4-5 nights
290 to Blanco SP ~2 nights
1888 to Fredricksburg ~ 3 nights
290 to I10 to S Llano SP ~2 nights
I10 to Ft Stockton ~2 nights
385 S To Big Bend ~4-5 nights
118 to Davis Mt SP ~2 nights
166 / 90 to Van Horn ~1 night
54 N to Guadalupe SP then White Sands and Carlsbad
From there I'll head due west to Tuscon and eventually Anza-Borrego SP in CA.
Plan is to head north to Oregon then back to Colorado and home 6-7 months.

I wouldn't expect comments on all this, but if there is a route I have selected that I should avoid or a parallel route that is substantially better, I'm all ears.

My biggest concern is actually WHEN to go. I won't panic over some cold nights (temporary slightly below freezing); I want to get to Anza Borrego and north through Death Valley before THAT gets too hot. It's in the 100's there now at the first week in May - so want to get there by Mid April I'm thinking. Of course the length of my stay in Texas (et al) will be affected by my timing needs .

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That sounds like a good route to me. 290 going through Austin can be a PIA depending on the time of day, but doable. Blanco is a nice, small park. From there you pick up 290 in Johnson City, then west to FB. Youíll go by LBJs ranch in Stonewall. Actually, weíre heading to South Llano SP for a few days. A lot of migratory birds there now. Let me know when youíre in FB. Safe travels and looks like you have a good plan.
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First of all I would drive through Fort Stockton and stay at Alpine one night; Big Bend NP and Fort Davis SP are two awesome places to visit. Also stop over at Cloud Croft NM on your way to White Sands and Carlsbad. - And it's starting to warm up in Texas, we just got back from a trip to Palo Duro SP yesterday and encountered pretty warm temps and high winds on the way home.
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First of all I would drive through Fort Stockton and stay at Alpine one night; Big Bend NP and Fort Davis SP are two awesome places to visit. Also stop over at Cloud Croft NM on your way to White Sands and Carlsbad. - And it's starting to warm up in Texas, we just got back from a trip to Palo Duro SP yesterday and encountered pretty warm temps and high winds on the way home.
Cloudcroft NM is one of the neatest areas. Great mid-summer getaway for cooler temps. We were there a couple of years ago during the cherry picking festival.
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