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Planning to camp this weekend. No bikes, bringing a small dog, so no epic hikes. Weather looks hot but tolerable. I'll have to go back for a "bike weekend" some time.

Any wisdom to get the most out it?

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Consider using the Basin for all camping and hiking fun. The altitude bump will help with slightly lower temperatures.

Other than that, just be ready to drive everywhere at 45 mph in the park.

Put more water than you can possibly use in the car if you go to visit park sites, like Santa Elena or Boquillas Canyons, and don't go anywhere on foot without at least a liter or more per person.

If something goes sideways while driving or hiking that keeps you unable to get back, not having water can quickly escalate an inconvenience to an emergency.

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Since you’re there, check out BB ranch state park. I think it’s much more scenic than the NP if traveling mostly by vehicle. 

The way I recommend spending a day: head west out of the NP, drive thru Terlingua, stop at Baton Warnock center for good info. Stack up on water and snacks. Head west down 170 and enjoy the state park, stoping at cool spots you deem acceptable for a view and small hike (lots along the route). After however long you’d like head back east and stop at the ole Thirsty Goat for food and drinks. Dog should be welcome on the patio. From there you’re on your own. 

We did this exact thing recently and it was the best day of the trip. 

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Taking a dog to the national park can be tough. Ime you have to hike around to really get the experience and your not allowed to leave your dog in the car, nor should you, and they aren't allowed basically anywhere cars can't go. We talked to a lot of people who had boarded their dogs just for this reason, and one woman who had drove out (something like 3 hours) to the nearest kennel in the middle of her stay just so she could do things. The bends are no place for pets anyways. Everything is hostile out there.

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Yeah, I am not sure THIS weekend is going to work after all- heat, dog limitations, not enough planning time. Later in the year maybe. Thanks for all the tips!

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