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Sorry I missed the trip. Just now getting over my health issue that kept me back. Actually from your pictures it looks like a rather desolate place with wide open spaces filled with nothing but pretty sights. Please tell us about the weather you had so we know how and when to plan in the future. Did you see any of the migrants crossing our borders while in the park? Did you see any rattlers or scorpions? Did any folks have dogs with them that you saw? Any harassment from park officials? What's the deal with riding dirt bikes that are not road registered? All of this will have some effect on how or even if I ever plan to go.

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there were lots of folks with dogs...including me. WP_20190512_09_58_29_Pro.jpg . I found the park staff to be rather unknowledgable about rules and what would be enforced, and got conflicting answers from different park officials. they tend to discourage just about everything, but I found if you act responsibly, you can do pretty much what you want. not much riding for unliscensed vehicles, but I never encountered law enforcement while riding. lots of jeep trails and awesome riding. didn't notice any migrants crossing, don't think its a problem there. the state park seemed more down to earth about their regulations, and when I asked them about leaving my vehicle unattended while riding when camped on the river, they said they have had zero issues lately...even the river outfitters leave the keys in the vehicles when left unattended. I had no problem, and left my truck for several hours each day while riding, hiking, and kayaking. I did attend the hands across the border event with my friends that live out there, and border patrol had an intimidating presence there, even though it seemed to be a very peaceful event, mostly just the locals on both sides of the border getting together to play some music and enjoy the river. didn't see any scorpions or rattlesnakes, although they are definitely out there. the weather was just about perfect...mid 80s day mid 50s night, but the suns intensity was pretty brutal middayish. mornings evenings and night were just right...large brimmed hats during the day. we stayed 2 nights up in the basin, which is about 10-20 degrees cooler, and was absolutely perfect, except the crowded camping. the basin area is quite different from the surrounding desert, which is quite desolate, but completely serene, with astounding views all around. well worth the trip, but I wouldn't venture any later than now, or before October...just too hot.
 

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WP_20190512_12_11_18_Pro.jpg im all for enforcing our immigration laws, but where are you going to build a wall down here? the remoteness of the desert discourages most from trying to cross out there...the cities are much easier. and if they do cross there, they still have to get through a border patrol checkpoint which is on every road leaving the area, which aren't many.
 

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View attachment 193424 im all for enforcing our immigration laws, but where are you going to build a wall down here? the remoteness of the desert discourages most from trying to cross out there...the cities are much easier. and if they do cross there, they still have to get through a border patrol checkpoint which is on every road leaving the area, which aren't many.
Kind of looks like there is already a natural wall in place. Pretty too!
 

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"The Wall" talk down that way is just a made up line of BS from people that think they have a clue about the Environment and the effects a wall would have...nobody in their right mind is going to try to escape Mexico at Big Bend...just to many agents and to many natural issues....when last there with Montezuma, E'Flood, Ft Wayne Gary, and Borneo, folks that were selling their walking sticks and trinkets crossed daily and went back home with the money they earned from their Honor System....Big Bend, IMO, needs to be left alone, and I'm against illegal invasion as anybody, but nobody down there is crossing for any evil purposes...IMO,,,it is just to far away from any Civilization {and I don't Consider Terlingua Civilized... DSCF7044.JPG DSCF7044.JPG :D

Great Place to Ride and Camp...smoke good cigars and drink beers...but as mentioned I would avoid Summer, Major Holidays, Spring Break Time in late March...Early March 2016 was Great and I'm thinking October and on through Mid November is perfect...

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I have been to BBRSP and BBNP many times. Usually in Dec. I have ridden just about every track in BBNP and most of BBRSP. I have have been there on on my DL650, XT250, WR250 (my favorite), Trail 90, TW200 and my Ural. I have camped in BBNP and I have stayed in the Bunk House at BBRSP. I have ridden with groups and with friends and family. The last trip we went on in early Dec in BBNP. This was the most unpleasant trip because of the rain. The Old Ore Rd was a long puddle broken by patches of rock. The River Road proved to be a slippery mud bog and pretty much impassable. I can vouch for the efficacy of the "bear boxes" in the camp grounds. We didn't see a single bear. I am going to keep my ear to the ground and if you guys plan something and are willing to have me tag along on my TW I will try to make it with at least one of my immediate family.
 

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Anytime, except Summer is great a Big Bend....I would avoid Thanksgiving, the park is loaded with tourists....the highs in early December usually average in the low 60s with lows in the 40s....not much snow or rain at this time of year...
 

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Any interest in a mid feb- mid march big bend area ride?
Been thinking of carlesbad caverns, white sands etc in feb, march (my gawd, cant be already?) 2020. Might as well include the davis mtns, big bend etc...
 

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Thinking very seriously of going to Big Bend next January - March so I am following this thread. Are we going to have to change the title to a 2020 date?
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Allan, If interested in an organized rally, there is an annual Around the Bend event in Big Bend. The 2020 dates are Feb 27 - Mar 1. I did this one year on the way to the Moab get-together and it was fun. Here's the link that describes the 2019 event. They don't have anything except the dates listed so far for 2020. www.txadvriders.com Search on Around the Bend
 

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OK...2020 Big Bend it is....now if we can just agree on some dates? :unsure::rolleyes:
 
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