Calling on anyone familiar with Big Bend Ranch State Park. We (my husband and I) are thinking of going over there for the first time at the end of December or in early January. Thinking of hiking the 2-night, 3-day Rancherias Loop. It begins and ends with Hwy 170 so we wouldn't need a 4wd which we don't have. But this route isn't all trail--some if it is cairns in rough country, according to available information. We have been in rough country (Big Bend NP Chisos/South Rim, Guadalupe Mts NP) for multiday trips but always on actual trails. If you have any familiarity with this, I'd like to hear what you think.
We know how to read a map and use a compass, but we don't own a GPS, although I suppose we could buy one. Information on the route (and hiking in this park in general) is kind of sketchy since this park is pretty new. I learned about Rancherias from the park ranger who answered when I called the park with questions. She suggested it and said her friends had enjoyed the hike very much. But the park web site is full of warnings about needing to be an "experienced desert hiker" etc.