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Big Bend Ranch State Park

State Park with Bunkhouse and house available for rent. Would be a great place to spend a couple days in the wild and remote Big Bend country of Texas where the stars seem to light up the night sky. Miles of hiking and bike trails and guided horseback tours are available as well but confirm in advance. Check State Park website for details and upcoming events such as cattle drives. 5500' paved runway in good condition with no fuel. Note this place is over 20 miles from the nearest town or paved road. Very picturesque - likely best in Spring, Winter or Fall - hot in summer. - Submitted by C. Baker
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Phone: 432-358-4444
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Big Bend Ranch State Park (3T9)

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Latitude: 29-28-15.9000N
Longitude: 103-56-11.1000W
Elevation: 4250
CTAF: 122.9

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Lajitas, TX
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1/19/2020 - Here is more info: https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/big-bend-ranch/pdfs/airstrip-guidelines - Submitted by C Baker

2/14/2012 - Big Bend Ranch State Park
Friday, February 10- Sunday, February 12,
extended to Monday, February 13, 2012

C172, Maule and C180 Skywagon
3TE3 Elevation 4250 Length 5500 Runway 8-26

Friday, February 10, 2012

Rain and low ceilings delayed our departure from Hooks Airport KDWH, Houston, Texas until 10:00 a.m. We departed in our Maule, with friends along side in their Cessna 172 and flew to Fredericksburg, Texas T82. We met friends that would be flying their C180 Skywagon with us. We all had lunch at the Airport Diner on the field before departing on the next leg.

We left T82 as a flight of 3 and flew to Big Bend Ranch State Park via a fuel stop at Terrell County Airport 6R6. After fueling, we flew along the perimeter of Big Bend National Park, enroute to Big Bend Ranch State Park. We had a fabulous flight up Fresno Canyon arriving at Big Bend Ranch State Park Airstrip 3TE3. The air was calm, the canyon beautiful and the sky was crystal clear blue.

We stayed at the Sauceda Big House with 3 bedrooms. http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/big_bend_ranch/lodging/
We paid for breakfast, lunch and dinner to be provided by the park. We were impressed with the amount received and the quality dinner-cheese enchiladas, brisket, sandwich lunch sack, eggs. Mind you, no 5 star dining, but very filling. The house was nice, but could use some tlc.

Saturday, February 11
The next day was the highlight of the trip. We toured a small section of the park with Blaine Hall, Ranger in the parks new suburban. When I say small section, Big Bend Ranch State park is the largest state park in Texas at 300,000 acres in the Chihuahuan Desert. Mr. Hall is not your average park ranger, he has been a geologist and professor most of his life and is well qualified, dare I say, overqualified to conduct this tour. His passion and love for geology shines as he explains about how the Solitario was formed and about all the formations in the park, and how it is such a special geological place.
I've attached the link for his article-Page 10 Geology at the Crossroads http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/pwdpubs/media/pwd_br_p4507_1437_01_11.pdf

We spent the day with Blaine and had a picnic lunch in Fresno Canyon. The most pleasant surprise of the day was fabulous blooming bluebonnets along the creek beds, especially near the Crawford Ranch Ruins. I had no idea this part of Texas had bluebonnets.

Solitario in the background with the flat iron portions seen behind us

Sunday, February 12
Departure day was met with a massive cold front that had freezing temperatures to the ground and low ceilings across a huge portion of Texas. We tried to depart the Beaver's and Snowden's, however after 5 miles had to turn back due to the ceilings pretty much going to the ground and the plane building ice. The ceilings and temperature never rose for us to get out that day.

Since our reservation had only been through Sunday morning, we relocated to the bunkhouse as they had guests for the Big House. Since they had no other guests, they put us all together in the men's side of the dorm. Normally, the bunkhouse is divided with sleeping quarters for women on one side, and men on the other. We were the only ones in the bunkhouse so it was nice and cozy with the main living room, dining area, fireplace and TV only VCR tapes.

Things only got more interesting as the night progressed. By 10 p.m. we had an incredible thunderstorm pouring overhead, with lightening, thunder rattling the windows, and then pea size HAIL! Luckily, the hail was momentary and no damage was done to the 3 planes. For a place that rarely receives any rainfall, this trip saw all extremes in the weather.

We awoke Monday morning to fog so thick you could not see the ranch houses very nearby. It finally lifted around 10 a.m. there and we departed together. The Nicholson's and we headed back to Terrell 6R6 for a fill-up! The Snowden's had enough gas so they flew direct to Mason, Texas so we split up. A good portion of Texas had low IFR that day that was lingering so I filed. We made it to Houston with great tail winds at 7000 feet to fly the RNAV GPS 35L approach at Hooks KDWH to minimums!

We had to leave the Nicholson's behind for them to pick their way here slowly with the low ceilings. He and the plane are VFR only. They finally got to hooks at about 6pm. It was a very long, stressful day for them.

I cannot wait to return for part two of Mr. Hall's tour of the inside of the Solitario. - Submitted by Beaver
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Big Bend Ranch State Park - Uploaded by Ted Wilson

3TE3 Elevation 4250, Length 5500, Runway 8-26 - Uploaded by Marie Beaver

3TE3 Elevation 4250, Length 5500, Runway 8-26 - Uploaded by Marie Beaver

Big Bend Ranch State Park - View from Fresno Canyon to the Solitario with the uplifted rise behind us referred to as Flat Irons. - Uploaded by Marie Beaver

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