Big Bend Explorations

Mark Doiron

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Spent a few days in Big Bend Ranch State Park and National Park with a few friends. I had the only Gladiator, and we also had a JL and two Toyotas, a 4Runner and a Tacoma. If you subscribe to Overland Journal, then you may recognize those Toys from the latest issue, where they were featured in an article on the Arkansas Ozarks written by one of the folks traveling with me ...

Passing through Black Gap (A Jeep Honor Badge trail) ...
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Day 1 video, includes drive through Pinto Canyon, then out to Guale 1 and 2 on Big Bend Ranch State Park ...

Day 2 video, from Guale campsites to Tres Papalotes, then up Road to Nowhere in El Silitario ...

Day 3 video, from Tres Papalotes, along Hwy 170 to Big Bend National Park in search of a campsite ...

Day 4 video, River Road East, Glenn Springs Rd, Black Gap Rd, River Road West, Old Maverick Rd. Includes Mariscal Mine and Santa Elena Canyon. Trip portion of video is 21 minutes long, followed by a studio chat where I discuss some backstory on the trip, as well as my new (to my channel's subscribers) Gladiator ...





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Going there in a couple of weeks

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The national park should now be taking backcountry campsite reservations, if that's in your plans.
 

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Headed there on Sunday 3/22 for a week. It’s been a while since I ran Black Gap, and that was in an FJ (much smaller). Any recommendations in the Gladiator?
 
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Headed there on Sunday 3/22 for a week. It’s been a while since I ran Black Gap, and that was in an FJ (much smaller). Any recommendations in the Gladiator?
There may be a couple places where you could drag tail if you hit it aggressively, so beware of that. Unless someone went to a lot of work, the Black Gap shelf is filled with rocks. The videos should give you a good idea what it's now like. If you last went many years ago, the part of Black Gap with the great off-camber is no more. Trail has been moved over so you don't experience that anymore. :-(

From an older video (adjusted to level horizon) ...
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There may be a couple places where you could drag tail if you hit it aggressively, so beware of that. Unless someone went to a lot of work, the Black Gap shelf is filled with rocks. The videos should give you a good idea what it's now like. If you last went many years ago, the part of Black Gap with the great off-camber is no more. Trail has been moved over so you don't experience that anymore. :-(

From an older video (adjusted to level horizon) ...
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Thanks. I'm running a 4.5" lift on 38" tires, so my rear bumper should be about 7" higher than stock with a better departure angle...hopefully that will help with challenging exits!
 
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Thanks. I'm running a 4.5" lift on 38" tires, so my rear bumper should be about 7" higher than stock with a better departure angle...hopefully that will help with challenging exits!
You shouldn't have any problem. If you were to travel the route we did in the state park, be prepared for trail rash.
 

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Awesome videos! Im still planning my trip to Big Bend. Ive doing some research online and Ive been asking questions on other forums. Seeings your videos makes me giddy and excited. Thanks for sharing.
 

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