Rover Location Database

Grid Field DL

11 locations - Talley-2 - Chinati Natural Area - DL79-DM70 Grid Line - Rancherias - Papalotito Colorado - Yedra 2 - La Mota 2 - Faver Ranch Road - DL88-DL89 Line - Sotol Vista Overlook - Hwy 99

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Talley-2, DL88jx78

Latitude, Longitude
28.993863, -103.186340
Map Location Near city of Panther Junction, Brewster County, TX, Altitude 2000
Map See Google, Bing, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2024-05-24
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Talley-2 1 Talley-2 2 Talley-2 3

Talley-2 is the most favored campsite in Big Bend National Park to activate DL88.

It is 0.19 miles south of the DL88-89 grid line.

There are also Talley-3 and Talley-4 but they are not recommended. They are lower and are deep in a mesquite thicket along the river at the end of the 6-mile long Talley Road. The last mile of the Talley Road (approaching the Rio Grande) is especially rough and mesquite will scratch the hell out of your side panels.

Weather forecast: National Weather Service
Temps, wind, T-storms: Ventusky
3D panorama: World Panorama

DL88 activations include:

  • Dec 2022 John NA6L
  • Oct 2022 Dave KG5CCI
  • June 2012 Marshall K5QE and Danny N5OMG
  • May 2011 Dave NJ0W

In addition to restrictions listed below, we recommend:

  • Recommend buying a "Back Country Road Guide" for $4.95 from the Park website.
  • Recommend bringing traction boards (like MaxxTrax) for self-recovery.
  • Recommend a sat phone for emergencies. There is no cellphone service.
  • Recommend StarLink for internet access.

Driving directions: Check in with rangers at the Panther Junction Visitor Center. Ask about the current best route, because it changes with conditions. They will usually have you avoid Elephant Tusk because it's a very bad road.

Expect in-park travel time to be 2.5 to 4.5 hours depending on conditions and your driving speed.

Restrictions: Big Bend has different rules for different types of camping:

  1. Primitive Roadside Camping – no reservations, in-person check-in at Ranger Desk. There are sixty-four sites: 23 of the most popular can be booked in advance, 41 are booked only "day of" and includes River Road. (This is Talley-2)
  2. Wilderness Camps – can book up to 180 days in advance (get a backup reservation)
  3. Back Country Camps – this is for backpackers, not for Talley-2.
Talley-2 is "primitive roadside camping". You must register in person. Read the National Park Service Requirements which include:
  • No campfires
  • No generators
  • You can run your engine to recharge batteries. Limited to 15 minutes at a time.
  • Pack out all toilet paper
  • Maximum 2 vehicles, 8 people, no trailers
  • After rainfall, River Road and Talley Road are muddy and may be impassable to all vehicles.
  • A "high clearance 4WD vehicle" which is an SUV or truck type vehicle, with at least 15 inch tire rims or more, with a low gear transfer case, designed for heavier type use than a standard passenger vehicle, with at least 8 inches of clearance or more from the lowest point of the frame, suspension, or differential, to the ground, and including a means to power both front and rear wheels at the same time.

Chinati Natural Area, DL79sx38

Latitude, Longitude
29.993270, -104.474008
Map Location Near city of Marfa, Presidio County, TX, Altitude 4800
Map See Google, Bing, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2024-03-26
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

A modest ridge line might have a wide spot for camping in the Chinati Mountains Natural Area.

DL79-DM70 Grid Line, DL79wx29

Latitude, Longitude
29.999900, -104.142303
Map Location Near city of (city), Presidio County, TX, Altitude 4862
Map See Google, Bing, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2024-03-26
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Remote back country unpaved road.

Rancherias, DL79xj98

Latitude, Longitude
29.412207, -104.000100
Map Location Near city of (city), Presidio County, TX, Altitude 4131
Map See Google, Bing, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2024-03-26
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

A dry campsite on the grid line DL79-DL89 in Big Bend Ranch State Park.

Papalotito Colorado, DL79xl87

Latitude, Longitude
29.489482, -104.016075
Map Location Near city of (city), Presidio County, TX, Altitude 4167
Map See Google, Bing, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2024-03-26
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Yedra 2, DL79xm61

Latitude, Longitude
29.506466, -104.027994
Map Location Near city of (city), Presidio County, TX, Altitude 3944
Map See Google, Bing, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2024-03-26
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

La Mota 2, DL89am36

Latitude, Longitude
29.527125, -103.969196
Map Location Near city of (city), Presidio County, TX, Altitude 4127
Map See Google, Bing, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2024-03-26
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Dry campground, no services, in the Big Bend Ranch State Park.

Faver Ranch Road, DL79uv61

Latitude, Longitude
29.882270, -104.276160
Map Location Near city of (city), Presidio County, TX, Altitude 4403
Map See Google, Bing, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2024-03-26
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Wide spot on a slight hill right on E Hwy 67.

DL88-DL89 Line, DL88jx79

Latitude, Longitude
28.999983, -103.190915
Map Location Near city of (city), Castolon County, TX, Altitude 2018
Map See Google, Bing, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2024-03-20
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Sotol Vista Overlook, DL89hf41

Latitude, Longitude
29.214563, -103.376631
Map Location Near city of Alpine, Brewster County, TX, Altitude 4111
Map See Google, Bing, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2022-12-01
Comments by: John NA6L

Hwy 99, DL99xf18

Latitude, Longitude
29.241667, -100.068403
Map Location Near city of Dabney, Uvalde County, TX, Altitude 1020
Map See Google, Bing, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2020-01-10
Comments by: Gary KG5THG

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