Compadres del Rancho Grande 
Friends of Big Bend Ranch State Park  
www.parkfriends.org

Upcoming events

    • 01/10/2018
    • 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM (CST)
    • Barton Warnock Visitor Center Lajitas Texas
    Register

    2018 Big Bend Ultra Trail Run Bike Patrol Safety Volunteers


    Without volunteers working before, during and after the Big Bend Ultra Sunday, January 14th, 2018 (MLK Weekend) Overland Race Management would not be able to produce this outstanding FUNdraiser to benefit Compadres del Rancho Grande, the friends group for Big Bend Ranch State Park. Volunteers support the Fresno Creek 50K, Quicksilver 30K & Rock Dog 10K by setting up the course, checking runners in and out, providing an encouraging and enthusiastic presence on the course and by hosting aid stations distributed at intervals located throughout beautiful locations in the park. 

    What to expect:

    Weather: Low in the mid 30’s, high in the 60’s. Can be colder or warmer. Might rain, might not. Could be windy. Could be calm. Be prepared!

    Assignments: www.bigbend50.com registration page indicates volunteer session timeframes where you can indicate your availability for pre-, during and post-event duty. You can also indicate a duty preference (or no preference).

    The volunteer coordinator for each duty area (Runner Check In, First Aid, Bike Patrol, Aid Stations, Start/Finish Line, etc.) will follow up with you prior and after the activity according to your indicated preference. If you are unable to fulfill a duty, please notify the coordinator ASAP. If it is possible for you to recruit a replacement, that helps greatly. If you have any other questions, contact Leslie Hopper. hopper@parkfriends.org.

    Recommended Apparel & Equipment

    Required Equipment: Personal Hydration Device (pack, bottle, cup): Backpack, waist pack or 16+ oz bottle or reservoir for hydration. Aid stations are 5 miles apart and volunteers may be posted at locations other than aid stations.

    Recommended Equipment: Hat/Cap, gloves, long sleeve shirt, tights if cold-natured, sunscreen, sunglasses, weather shell, a means to carry personal food/energy items. First Aid kit strongly recommended. Bike patrol volunteers are responsible for ensuring their bicycle is in top mechanical condition and must be prepared to self-rescue; Helmets are required for riders.

    Aid Stations & Food: Snacks, both salty and sweet will be at each station. Volunteers are encouraged to bring snacks, and are welcome to partake of event aid station grub.   Link to course map: http://www.bigbend50.com/course-maps/

    Post Race Meal (Complimentary for registered Volunteers): 11 am - 4 PM TiVos Restaurant of Study Butte, Texas,  at the Finish Line, Barton Warnock Visitor Center

    Transportation

    Parking: Please park in designated Event Parking Area 

    Reserved parking: Start/Finish is for non-event park visitor check in and emergency vehicles. TPWD will cordon off parking spaces at the visitor center. Event Parking is located <100 yards West of Barton Warnock Visitor Center.

    Shuttles: Run from Maverick RV Park - Lajitas Store-Start/Finish Line and back to the Lajitas Resort throughout the event.

    Please ride share if possible.

    Course Maps

    Link to course routes:  http://www.bigbend50.com/course-maps/

    Lodging & Camping

    Lodging: The Lajitas Golf Course and Resort offers hotel rooms, and the Maverick Ranch RV Park offers full service RV & tent camping, showers, laundry and course proximity. The Lajitas Resort has a block of rooms with a special rate. When you reserve, mention the Big Bend Ultra.  VRBO , Airbnb and https://visitbigbend.com/ 

    Camping: Volunteers can camp at the Maverick Ranch RV Park with the Big Bend Ultra crew. http://www.lajitasgolfresort.com/default.aspx?pg=maverickranch

    Grassy Banks or Lower & Upper Madera Campground sites in Big Bend Ranch State Park can be reserved through TPWD:  https://tpwd.texas.gov/business/park_reservations/ 

    Trail Run Course Descriptions

    Fresno Creek 50K Course:  The 50(+/-) K course routes through the Fresno Creek drainage and offers miles of single track beauty. Climbing 1000′ to the midway and returning (mostly) downhill to the finish line. The course offers ample technical sections where runners will utilize foot-eye-balancing skills. Creek crossings, creek sand, creek xing’s and fast hard pack.  

    Quicksilver 30K: 30 (+/-) kilometers of mostly single track circumnavigating the Contrabando Dome. The course is accessed via the Crystal Trail. The route serves up technical and challenging terrain changes, beautiful scenery and more. 

    Rock Dog 10K course: Fun, fast and scenic. Rock dog takes runners North of the Barton Warnock Visitor Center via the Crystal Trail and then back by way of an historic rock quarry site within Big Bend Ranch State Park traversing hand-built single track trails. 

    Start & Finish:10K, 30K and 50K  start & finish Barton Warnock Visitor Center, Big Bend Ranch State Park one mile East of the  Lajitas Resort, Lajitas, Texas.

    Start Times – Sunday Morning 1/14/18
    7:00 am  -  50 K
    7:30 am  -  30 K
    8:30 am  - 10 K

    Course Closes at 4 pm


    • 01/26/2018
    • 12:00 PM (CST)
    • 01/28/2018
    • 12:00 PM (CST)
    • Big Bend Ranch State Park Sauceda Headquarters
    Register

    Help transform Big Bend Ranch State Park's newest Wildlife Watering & Viewing Feature!

    Secure your place! Register by January 15, 2018

    Weather:

    Low in the mid 30’s, high in the 60’s. Can be colder or warmer. Might rain, might not. Could be windy. Could be calm. Be prepared!

    Workflow:

    The plan is to arrive Friday in time for dinner at the Bunkhouse. We will start work by 9 am Saturday & Sunday. TPWD has approved the installation of viewing blinds, natural perching features, and a solar-powered watering source that will draw birds, insects and other wildlife. There will be time for side hikes & amusements. If you have special skills, interests, tools or questions, contact Leslie Hopper  hopper@parkfriends.org.

    Recommended Apparel & Equipment

    Required Equipment: Personal hydration  device (pack, bottle, cup), hat, sunglasses. Please plan to drink plenty of water during the weekend to avoid dehydration. Recommended Equipment: Recommended you bring your own gloves. A sample packing list will be provided @ 10 days in advance of the weekend. 

    Transportation

    Ride share if possible. Big Bend Ranch State park Sauceda Headquarters access road is accessible by 2 wheel drive vehicle, however high clearance and 4-wheel drive vehicles are strongly recommended. Be sure you have a spare and know how to use it. Fill your fuel tank in Presidio prior to entering the park. Carry water. 

    Park Maps

     Big Bend Ranch State Park Info & Map

    Lodging & Camping

    Camping: Volunteers will stay in the Sauceda Bunkhouse or may camp in the park. Bunkhouse lodging is included in registration fee. Campground sites in Big Bend Ranch State Park can be reserved through TPWD:  https://tpwd.texas.gov/business/park_reservations/ 


    Meals & Snacks

    Unless you prefer to be on your own for meals, Dinner Friday through Lunch Sunday + snacks will be provided for a nominal fee. Bunkhouse accommodations are provided in registration fee. If you have a special dietary need discuss it with Leslie. We'll try to work with you, but you might need to do your own meals. Cooking facilities will be available.  

     


    • 11/11/2018
    • 3 sessions
    • Barton Warnock Visitor Center, Big Bend Ranch State Park
    Registration is closed


    The 2017 Compadres del Rancho Grande Annual In-Person Meeting will be held Sunday, November 12th at Barton Warnock Visitor Center.  Hikes & bike rides will begin at 9:00 AM departing from the center. Lunch will be served from 1:00-1:45 at the BWC shade structure. Meeting for business 2:00-4:00 PM. Open to the public. Please RSVP.

    Additional Info: info@parkfriends.org  

     “Compadres del Rancho Grande provides advocacy, opportunities and resources to support and sustain Big Bend Ranch State parks, enhance visitor experiences and educate the public on the wonders of the parks and the importance of their natural and cultural resources.” 

     We look forward to seeing you in Big Bend Ranch State Park!

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