'RV parks in the Big Bend/Hill country for road riding

Discussion in 'Tejas and the Gulf States' started by Divide Wee, Nov 1, 2017.

  1. Divide Wee

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    Two of us are going to be in Texas in March with street bikes, Versys 1000 and an Interceptor. We are looking for a campground centrally located to decent twisties and scenery. We are looking at the Big Bend or Hill Country. I will be in the area for a month but the main riding will take place over a two week period. Two to three day outings are fine but I will be returning to the RV and my wife on a regular basis.

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  2. FleshWound

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    If you decide to hit up Big Bend and are doing 2-3 day trips I'd recommend Davis Mountains State Park. It's spring break time and the area gets full so book early. There are some RV parks in Alpine and Fort Davis that look good too.

    For the Hill Country Garner State Park has a lot of sites. You would be right in the middle of the Hill Country with that park. There are a few RV sites in that area too.

    I live in Austin and ride all over that area.

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  3. sieg

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    Hey FleshWound. I've been following Divide Wee's threads, this one and one on RV parks in the area. (Thanks D W!)
    We spend a month or so in the winter somewhere warm, FL. one year (not impressed) and NM., AZ. several times, looking at TX. this year.
    So.............. staying mostly on pavement can we ride 2 weeks from Davis Mountains State Park without getting bored, then move to Garner State Park for a couple weeks? Or would one week be enough? We ride about everyday, about 150 to 250 miles per day.
    At the altitude of Davis Mountains State Park and the area what are the Jan. and Feb. temperatures?
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  4. FleshWound

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    The Altitude for Davis Mountains/ Fort Davis is around 5,000ft. That makes it a bit cooler than the rest of the area.

    JAN FEB in Texas is a complete crap shoot. I went into Big Bend FEB 10th of last year and it was 95. A cold front came thru on FEB 14 and the low was 26 in Fort Davis, in the high 30s in Big Bend. It'll be warmer on I-10 and Big Bend and cooler in between.

    There is Valentine's Day in Valentine TX every year on FEB 14th. It is a killer event and there are some RV hook ups the town build just for the event. If you are in the area on Valentine's Day you should go. There are 4 Texas country music bands that play.

    Rides to consider in the Big Bend area are the park itself; 118, 166 and 17 around Fort Davis; and 170 along the Rio Grande. 170 is by far my favorite ride and rode it 3 times in one trip. There is a lot of decent short hikes in Big Bend if that is something you like to do.

    I think 2 weeks is too much time in the Big Bend area. Riding there would get redundant after 5 days. There is much better riding and more things to do in the Hill Country. I could see doing 2 weeks there especially with San Antonio and Austin close by. Consider splitting your time between The Garner State Park area and Fredericksburgh. Fredericksburgh has some good RV parks. Maybe ride south and west of I-10 while based in Garner State Park and ride north and east of I-10 from Fredericksburgh. There is plenty of good food, wine and beer in the area too.
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    Thanks for the info! :thumb Just what I was looking for.
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  7. No False Enthusiasm

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    Add TX118 to the list from Kent on IH10 south to Fort Davis, then Alpine and on down past Study Butte to the Park.

    Stop by McDonald's Observatory... Make reservations for a viewing.

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  8. FleshWound

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    No problem. Here are some other things to consider:

    Terlingua: The Starlight theater is a good place to eat and they have music from time to time.
    Big Bend: Be sure to get off the bikes and at least walk into Santa Elena and Boqillas Canyons. If you try to camp in the Grand Basin, try to go there on a Monday or Tuesday morning. That is when people are leaving. Space is limited and sites go fast. Be sure to ride the park in the morning and in the evening.
    Bolmorhea State Park: if the temps get hot, this is a swimming hole that stays 75 year round.
    Alicia's Mexican Restaurant in Alpine: Eat the heart attack breakfast burrito and you won't eat again until dinner. It is cash only.

    There is too much going on in the Hill Country for me to talk about without writing a book
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  9. BigDogAdventures

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    Hey Sieg,
    Feb, 2015 Davis state park.
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    Made a snowman on my picnic table.
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    On the way there.
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    One other time I camped there off my motorcycle--------no snow---------but it got in the 20's.


    It's a beautiful area-------------it will be great riding. I love the town of Fort Davis---the fort------and such a nice old town. A great place to eat there.

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    I've got a ton of tracks and waypoints down there if you want them Sieg-------e-mail me for them.
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  11. sieg

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    I'll be in touch! And it looks like we'll camp :jkam at a lower altitude and ride to Davis SP.:vardy We ain't as tuff you.
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    Marathon Motel and RV just outside Marathon is a great place to stay. Excellent food at the Gage Hotel and the legendary White Buffalo Bar there too. Great place for nightly fires at the Marathon Motel. Lajitas Maverick Ranch RV in Lajitas is a first class place to stay. Great riding out your door... Terlingua and the Starlite Theatre are cool. Great food and music nightly at the Starlite.
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    Ft. Davis not Ft. Smith.
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