Park Closure

Discussion in 'Tejas and the Gulf States' started by SKINNY, Apr 3, 2020.

  1. SKINNY

    SKINNY Been here awhile Supporter

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    Local news just ran a story about Big Bend National Park shutdown.
    The park is closed to anyone except park employees and residents.
    No thru traffic will be allowed....
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  2. JoToPe

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    A sign of the times.
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  3. Knobbie

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    I think BBNP is the largest, least visited, and most remote park in the US. Except for the Basin and Cottonwood there aren't any real central places to congregate that I can think of. I don't see the logic here.
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  4. jay547

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    Government logic. I remember during one of the government shut downs, scenic turnouts being closed here in Oklahoma. I'm talking about non-staffed, non-maintained, no facility, wide spaces in the pavement. They actually put barricades in place.
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  5. racer1735

    racer1735 Long timer

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    Palo Duro State Park (PD Canyon) has closed as well.
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  6. Stephen

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    BBNP is the eighth largest in the lower 48 and the fifteenth if we include parks in Alaska where we find the five largest. Source: NPS

    Likely the most remote in the 48 states, but there are several ways to define and to measure remoteness. Gets subjective pretty quick. I'd call pretty damn remote.

    Twelfth least visited in the lower 48. Guadalupe Mountains NP sees fewer visitors.

    Remoteness and scarcity of advanced health care resources is behind the decision, I'll bet. Isolation is what the Big Bend region has to protect itself. Pretty much all it has. The NPS is trying to protect its workers and its neighbors.

    They've set a good example for us.
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  7. tridawg

    tridawg Been here awhile

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    And now all the state parks are closed.

    Corona bad!!!
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  8. Meriden

    Meriden Yea whatever

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    Big Bend, like most National Parks concentrates it's visitors in just a few places. For those of us that really, really hike or DS out there, we get into the empty places. But most folks are going drive in and to call the Window Trail an adventure.
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  9. gentimmy

    gentimmy Been here awhile

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    State Parks in TX opening back up Monday. Groups no larger than 5, 6 ft of distance, and face covering required
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  10. Stephen

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    And a prepaid reservation. They call them "save the day passes". And they didn't promise it would be all parks.
    Looks like at least some parks require a phone call to get the pass instead of getting it online.
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  11. ab8mi

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    You can get them online and most parks are open now for day visits only, no camping yet. If you have the yearly pass, of course no day pass reservations are required. I was out to Lost Maples on the weekend.
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