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Unread 08-27-2013, 06:43 PM   #1
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Solo trip to big bend ranch?

Would you advise against a solo trip to big bend ranch? I know the trails aren't super hard but they are really remote. Sometimes I like to strike out, just me and the dog. I have a jku with 32's, no lift just a leveling kit.

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Unread 09-01-2013, 12:58 PM   #2
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The general rule for wheeling is never go alone. But, I would say with good and careful planning, you should be fine. I went by my self wheeling in Colorado this past July, but I spent at least a month planning it out. So, plan well and go conservative on what you plan on doing and you should be fine.
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Unread 09-05-2013, 08:08 AM   #3
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I go down there a couple times a year to a family ranch just north of Big Bend so I know just how remote that place is. At the very least take one of those SPOT gps transponder things so if you get in trouble someone will know, there is no cell service most places out there and very few people on the roads at any given time. I will also say that most of the road/trails are fine for you but they can change over night if there is any rain, one morning the road will be there then in the afternoon it will be a 20' drop. Just take it easy and be aware, if you have a winch then take a pull pal, there are no trees out there to winch from. The mud can be VERY deceiving and either be solid rock underneath or pure quicksand.

HEre are some pics of us riding our ATV's out there: http://www.flickr.com/photos/2162644...7603928790383/
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One of the best parts of having a jeep is being part of the community. I'd say you will most likely be fine if you go alone. However you'll take some of the fun out of it by not taking a few more rigs with you. Just my opinion
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We did it solo this spring on a stock Islander with no issues. One small obstacle and some off-camber stuff on some of the more difficult trails (Black Gap Road), but if you take it easy there's nothing you can't handle.

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All I have to say it be DAMN careful and watchful for tire hazards. Stay on the road/trails. Everything out there had thorns so bring fix a flat, plugs, air compressor at a minimum. If/when you go down there take north county road to "top of the world", it's a fantastic place and a great drive going there. If you want I can get coordinates for it and PM you.
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Unread 09-11-2013, 12:48 PM   #7
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Thanks for all the imput. I may try to get a few guys together. Sometimes I just wanna pick up and go and not coordinate everyone's schedules and family situations. I've thought about the SPOT GPS and taking two spares. The air compressor is a good idea.
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Unread 09-18-2013, 05:24 AM   #8
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I will be taking a trip to big bend soon and friends will be riding with me. I have a 2006, 6 speed, 4.0 with 31x1050s. Full size spare as well.
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Would you advise against a solo trip to big bend ranch? I know the trails aren't super hard but they are really remote. Sometimes I like to strike out, just me and the dog. I have a jku with 32's, no lift just a leveling kit.
I note that your question ref "Ranch". Big Bend Natl park, or Big Bend Ranch State Park ??

Going by yourself in the Natl Park is a little different in that you are more likely to see, or have someone to come by to help you if you have a problem.

BB Ranch State Park has a lot less offroad traffic, so traveling solo might not be a good idea.
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Unread 09-25-2013, 08:17 AM   #10
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I was thinking the state park but ill look into the national. I noticed the state park said no dog in the backcountry and the national looks like they can go just need to stay in the car.
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The National Park is closed as of today:
http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2013/...rticle_sidebar
http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/30/travel...ational-parks/
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